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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 14 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 4824..

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, since my answer made no reference to guidelines of any kind, I do not see what the question has to do with the question previously answered.

Mr Hird: "Cover-up" brings to mind overtime.

Mr Whitecross: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. You have always ruled that people cannot say that Mr Humphries was covering up, even though we all know he was; so can you rule Mr Hird's reference to a cover-up out of order?

MR SPEAKER: Withdraw, Mr Hird.

Mr Hird: I withdraw.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I would like Mr Whitecross to withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Withdraw, Mr Whitecross.

Mr Whitecross: Mr Hird has withdrawn his imputation against the Minister, so I withdraw mine.

Racing - Betting Inducements

MR HIRD: My question is to the Chief Minister in her capacity as a voting shareholder of ACTTAB. I refer to claims made by the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Berry, that the practice of offering inducements in the ACT racing industry began during the term of this Government.

Mr Berry: No, I never said that.

MR HIRD: Chief Minister, is this claim true?

Mr Berry: No, it is untrue.

MRS CARNELL: I do thank Mr Hird for the question. Mr Berry came in here this morning and stated that the practice of inducements - - -

Mr Berry: It started in 1994.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Berry, you were out for two days last time. If you continue to interject, I can remove you for the rest of this Assembly, which would be a most ignominious end.

Ms McRae: Mr Speaker, do we take it from that that you have actually made a ruling that no-one is allowed to interject? I did not actually hear that ruling on a point of order. Would you please rule.

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