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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 3897..


MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, I will try again. May I try again? I seek your indulgence, just to be clear.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. Mr Whitecross is flagrantly attempting to abuse the standing orders. Mr Whitecross knew full well that what he was saying was not a personal explanation under standing order 46. He is not so stupid as to rise in this place and say the things he said, thinking that he might have been making a personal explanation. He was attacking the Chief Minister. He was debating something which has not yet occurred. He should not be permitted to attempt again to do what he has already done, which is breach the standing orders.

MR SPEAKER: That was certainly my reading of the matter. If you wish to make a personal explanation under standing order 46, ask to do so. I will grant permission, but I will not allow you to debate the issues.

MR WHITECROSS: Certainly, Mr Speaker; nor would I wish to. Mr Speaker, Mr De Domenico suggested in his remarks that the Auditor-General had said that I had done two things - that I had drawn conclusions on the basis of the draft letters and that I had compromised the independence of the Auditor-General. Mr Speaker, my personal explanation is this: I did not draw conclusions. I asked questions. There is nothing in the Auditor-General's letter which indicates that the Auditor-General has said anything to the effect that I have compromised his independence.

PAPERS

MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services): For the information of members and pursuant to section 22 of the Territory Owned Corporations Act 1990, I present the 1995-96 Report of ACTEW Corporation Ltd, together with the financial statements and the Auditor-General's report.

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): Mr Speaker, for the information of members and pursuant to the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 1995, I present corrigenda to the 1995-96 Report of the Department of Education and Training and the Children's, Youth and Family Services Bureau. These corrigenda were made available to the members of the Select Committee on Estimates 1996-97.

I also present the ministerial travel report for 1 July to 30 September 1996 and the revised Administrative Arrangements as contained in Gazette No. S150, dated 1 July 1996.

Finally, I present, pursuant to standing order 83A, two out-of-order petitions lodged by Ms Horodny, from 175 citizens, relating to battery chickens, and from 400 citizens, concerning the construction of the Revivalist Centre in Chisholm.


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