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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (4 December) . . Page.. 4397..


Mr De Domenico: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Can Mr Berry be asked to tell us exactly what is his personal explanation?

MR SPEAKER: His personal explanation is, I believe, Mr De Domenico, coming to a conclusion now because he has just read information from the document that he has been given leave to table.

MR BERRY: And if you check the records back to when you first started government you will find that there are 2,600 more on the unemployment list.

Mr Kaine: On a point of order, Mr Speaker - - -

MR SPEAKER: Resume your seat, Mr Berry. There is another point of order.

Mr Kaine: A personal explanation can be only to set the record straight. What Mr Berry did was nothing of the kind. He simply reiterated what had occurred this morning. It was not a matter of personal explanation at all. It was just another opportunity to debate the point.

MR SPEAKER: As far as I am concerned, Mr Berry was making a personal explanation, using those figures, and he has concluded.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REPORTS

MR WHITECROSS (Leader of the Opposition): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to table an extract of section 26 of the Financial Management Act so that the Treasurer can familiarise herself with her obligations under the Act.

Leave granted.

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer): Mr Speaker, I think I made it clear in question time that we planned to release monthly statements from now on.

MR SPEAKER: You did.

STANDING ORDER 37

Mr Moore: I have a point of order under standing order 37, which charges you, Mr Speaker, with maintaining order. Standing order 37 states:

Order shall be maintained in the Assembly by the Speaker.

Mr Speaker, at the end of many question times we have Mr Berry standing up to make some false use of standing order 46 or standing order 47. He will now also seek to interrupt, Mr Speaker, while I am making a point.


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