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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3336..


MR MOORE (continuing):

Mr Speaker, there is yet another example. Hardly had we got past the futsal issue, when people were saying, "Well, it is done now. There is nothing we can do about it. The field is down; the concrete is down. We are certainly not going to tell her to rip it up, but really it was an entirely inappropriate way to go", than we read a report from the motoring writer in the Canberra Times. There was a big photo of Mrs Carnell dressed in rally clothes and sitting in a rally car, and saying she was going to run a car rally right along the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin. It is going to go along Constitution Avenue, around Blundell's Cottage, past the Carillon, under the bridge and roughly to the Boat House restaurant, right on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin. Had anybody heard of this? Of course not. Maybe the rally organisers had. After all, there is going to be a $600,000 injection from the ACT into this rally as well.

Mr Speaker, at that stage I thought, "This has gone far enough. It is quite clear we cannot trust Mrs Carnell to come and talk to us. We cannot trust her to say to the people of Canberra, `Do you think this is appropriate? Is a futsal field appropriate there? Is a rally appropriate on the shores of the lake, or should it be in a slightly different position? What should we do about it?' ". We have the option that Mr Berry raises - to sack her. The trouble is that when I look at the alternative option I cringe; I cringe, Mr Berry.

But there are other options. What we can do instead is ensure that Mrs Carnell has her hands tied a little as far as our lakes go. We can also use this opportunity to expose her for the hypocrisy, for the two-facedness and for misleading the people of Canberra in the last election campaign. Mr Speaker, those are the sorts of issues that we are dealing with.

Mr Humphries: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: There must be something in there that is out of order - hypocrisy, two-facedness. Have we not said that "hypocrisy" is a word which should not be used in respect of members? If so, I would ask Mr Moore to withdraw that.

MR MOORE: I withdraw "hypocrisy", Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Moore. Continue.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, it was the word that came to mind; so, it flew from my tongue. If you find it inappropriate, in order to continue the debate I think it is far better if I withdraw.

Ms Follett: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I thought you had ruled "hypocrisy" in.

MR SPEAKER: I will give you an answer on that.

Ms Follett: It is a term that often comes to mind.

MR SPEAKER: It does come to mind that it has been ruled in in the past, but I seem to recall a more recent ruling. However, I will check that out and, in the meantime, allow Mr Moore to continue.


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