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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 4600..


Mrs Carnell: There were no cuts. We just stopped people overexpending their budgets.

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, even in interjections she cannot help misleading the house.

Mrs Carnell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Mr Whitecross might like to show how I was misleading the house, before he makes unwarranted comments.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order, Chief Minister. Proceed, Mr Whitecross.

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, my question was - - -

Mr Humphries: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: There was a serious point in the Chief Minister's request, and that is that to suggest that the Chief Minister is misleading the house is a matter that ought to be withdrawn.

MR SPEAKER: I am not sure that it was "misleading the house", Mr Humphries. It was a question, and he was still working up towards it.

Mr Humphries: I think the words were, "Even in an interjection she cannot help misleading the house". That is a pretty strong suggestion, I think, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Withdraw that, Mr Whitecross.

MR WHITECROSS: I withdraw that Mrs Carnell cannot help misleading the house.

Mr Kaine: You are attempting to mislead the house with your question.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Proceed with your question, Mr Whitecross, and there will be no interjections from the Government.

MR WHITECROSS: Thank you, Mr Speaker; I appreciate your protection.

Mr Kaine: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Do I interpret from your last comment that, no matter what the standing orders say, no member of the Government may interject at any time? Is that your ruling?

MR SPEAKER: I will be the judge of that.

Mr Kaine: I am just looking for a ruling.

MR SPEAKER: If you want a ruling, I will rule on it. Continue, Mr Whitecross.

MR WHITECROSS: I refer to the announcement by the Government on the weekend that they are going to reduce library opening hours, allegedly because in a survey customers had asked them to. They would rather have increased expenditure on books than keep the current library hours. Minister, do you concede that the increased expenditure on books that is proposed only redresses the cuts made in the 1995 budget


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