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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3377..


Mr Berry: Mr Speaker - - -

MR SPEAKER: You do not have to take that as an invitation. You may sit down.

MR DE DOMENICO: The facts of the matter are, Mr Speaker - - -

Mr Berry: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. There remains an issue of relevance which I would like you to rule on. I will repeat the question to you, Mr Speaker. How much of this $700,000 is in fact going to be used to pay for administration of the scheme, training of workers, the purchase of chemicals, things like transport to and from the job, and occupational health and safety equipment that will be needed to protect workers? How much of it, Mr Speaker, will be available for payment of the 60 workers? Would you ask Mr De Domenico to just stick to the specifics and, if he cannot handle the specifics, come back later when he can.

Mr Kaine: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I draw your attention to standing order 202(a), and I ask you to instruct the member accordingly.

MR SPEAKER: I must say that my patience is being tested. Standing order 202(a) refers to people persistently and wilfully obstructing the business of the Assembly, but never mind. I will ask Mr De Domenico whether he will continue with his answer.

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, as you are well aware, when the former mob were in power over a number of years, graffiti used to be around then, believe it or not. It is a problem that has been around the world for a long, long time. Mr Berry and his colleagues did nothing about it.

Ms McRae: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I would like to draw your attention to your ruling on relevance. The question specifically was: How much money will be spent on the workers? We want to know how much individually these 60 workers that Mr De Domenico claims are going to be employed will be paid. I would draw your attention to the standing order relating to relevance.

MR SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order.

MR DE DOMENICO: In answer directly to that question, without getting specific, most of it will be spent on the workers. Had Ms McRae and Mr Berry either read newspapers - - -

Ms McRae: Thank you. That is it. Sit down.

MR DE DOMENICO: No, you do not tell me to sit down, Ms McRae. We are not at school now. We are not at school; we are in the Assembly. Whilst you might not like the answer you are going to get, you are going to get it anyway.

Mr Berry: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: You will have a supplementary question in a moment, when Mr De Domenico finishes what he is saying.


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