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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (5 September) . . Page.. 3164..


MR WHITECROSS (continuing):

Mr Speaker, while I am on my feet, I also want to make a personal explanation under standing order 46, as I was misrepresented by Mr De Domenico.

Mr De Domenico: Everybody misrepresents you.

MR WHITECROSS: Mr De Domenico said that everyone misrepresents me. If the Government is surprised by the number of personal explanations, that is because they do keep misrepresenting people at question time. It is a new technique that they have developed this week and - - -

MR SPEAKER: Order! Get on with the personal explanation, Mr Whitecross.

MR WHITECROSS: We are not going to let them get away with misrepresenting us.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Get on with the personal explanation; otherwise, I will sit you down.

MR WHITECROSS: Mr De Domenico, in answer to a question from Mr Kaine, suggested that I did not have my facts right when I suggested that there was a problem with a bus service which had not been provided by ACTION in Nicholls. Mr Speaker, the fact is that residents of Nicholls have been seeking to get that bus service for four months and ACTION has consistently - - -

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR WHITECROSS: Bear with me, Mr Speaker. ACTION has told them that the bus service is coming next week. When my office contacted ACTION, which operates the bus services in Canberra, they told us that the bus was coming next week. The bus did not come. Mr Speaker, if Mr De Domenico's department keeps telling people that the buses are coming, when they have not completed consultation with the Transport Workers Union, that is their problem; not mine. I do not conduct staff relations with the Transport Workers Union. That is Mr De Domenico's job.

OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE - WITHDRAWAL

MR SPEAKER: Mr Berry has drawn my attention to comments that were made yesterday in the house. I have checked the Hansard. Mrs Carnell, at one point, in what was a fairly feisty exchange - it is quite possible that is how the comments were made - - -

Ms Follett: The comments were totally defamatory.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mrs Carnell, there is a statement at page 59 of the Hansard, which I will read:

Mr Speaker, I am not sure who is telling fibs in this situation, but it is certainly one Labor Health spokesman. It might be the previous Health Minister and it might be the current spokesman on health.


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