Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (4 December) . . Page.. 4370..
MR OSBORNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am pleased that I am allowed to mistrust both Mr De Domenico and Mr Humphries. I am pleased that I am allowed to continue to do that. Once again, in summary, I am pleased that the Labor Party has supported me. I thank Mr Moore for his support. I am very disappointed that the untrustworthy lot over here have chosen to vote against it.
That this Bill be agreed to in principle.
The Assembly voted -
AYES, 8 NOES, 9 Mr Berry Mrs Carnell Ms Follett Mr Cornwell Ms McRae Mr De Domenico Mr Moore Mr Hird Mr Osborne Ms Horodny Ms Reilly Mr Humphries Mr Whitecross Mr Kaine Mr Wood Mr Stefaniak Ms TuckerQuestion so resolved in the negative.
MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.
MR SPEAKER: Proceed.
MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, towards the end of that last debate, Mr Osborne made a reference to "that untrustworthy lot over there", in which I presume he included me. Mr Speaker, I repeat that I presume that in that general statement he included me. I believe that that is a very important accusation to make. It is not one that can be shrugged off lightly. I deny that I have done or said anything on this matter or any other as a result of which I deserve to be labelled as untrustworthy, and that accusation is on the public record.
Mr Speaker, I submit that, if Mr Osborne wants to assert that I am untrustworthy and have that matter put on the public record, he has an obligation to produce the evidence of that, and he did nothing of the kind in connection with me. I do not believe that he did it in connection with anybody else either. But I protest most strongly, Mr Speaker, that that assertion lies on the public record, unrefuted and totally unsupported. I think it is unreasonable. I am astounded that members of this Assembly would allow that to occur.