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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 4086..

Mrs Carnell: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. I think Mr Whitecross would need to withdraw his comment that I was not being honest.

MR SPEAKER: Please do.

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, I am sure that you did not hear me say that.

MR SPEAKER: No, but Mrs Carnell did.

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, when Ms Follett tells you that they have said something but you have not heard it, you do not ask for a withdrawal, but if Mrs Carnell tells you something you do ask for a withdrawal.

MR SPEAKER: If Mrs Carnell has taken offence, then I would ask you to withdraw it.

MR WHITECROSS: What about when Ms Follett takes offence?

MR SPEAKER: Would you mind withdrawing.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I did not hear it either. Would you mind checking the Hansard, and we will come back to it later?

MR SPEAKER: Would you mind sitting down. Would you mind withdrawing, Mr Whitecross. Otherwise - - -

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, if Mrs Carnell is offended by that, I withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

MR WHITECROSS: But the facts speak for themselves, Mr Speaker.

Mrs Carnell: Mr Speaker, he just said it again.

MR WHITECROSS: No, I did not. I said that the facts speak for themselves, Mr Speaker. It is a simple enough statement.

MR SPEAKER: What facts are you talking about?

MR WHITECROSS: The facts of what Mrs Carnell said, as the Hansard will record, about employment going up when the October labour market figures show that it has gone down. That is a fact and I think it speaks for itself, Mr Speaker.

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