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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 14 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 4830..


Mr Corbell: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. The Minister made it quite clear in his answer that he was aware of the consistency of the advice given by ambulance officers with the statement by the Chief Minister. He must have been made aware of that in some way.

MR SPEAKER: I am sorry; you have asked your supplementary question.

Mr Corbell: I would be grateful if the Minister could table the information that he has drawn that advice from.

MR SPEAKER: You are now suggesting that the Minister is misleading the house. You will be withdrawing that very shortly.

ACTTAB-VITAB Contract - Recovery of Compensation

MR MOORE: I think he is just trying to get a couple of supplementary questions, Mr Speaker. I think it is a neat idea, although I would never try to do anything like that.

MR SPEAKER: We have not forgotten you down there.

MR MOORE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr Berry in his role as Leader of the Opposition. I ask my question under standing order 116, which states:

Questions may be put to a Member, not being a Minister, relating to any bill, motion, or -

as in this case -

other public matter connected with the business of the Assembly, of which the Member has charge.

It is addressed to him in his official capacity as Leader of the Opposition. The Chief Minister, in answer to a question from Mr Osborne, has invited you, Mr Berry, in your official capacity as Leader of the Opposition, to co-sign a letter inviting former Prime Minister Bob Hawke to repay moneys he received from the $3.3m payout following the VITAB affair. Subject to appropriate wording, will you co-sign the letter? This also gives you the opportunity to respond in the way you were going to before I denied you leave.

MR BERRY: I assume that I will be allowed the leave that Ministers have when they answer questions. Mr Speaker, I am very pleased to take this question from Mr Moore, because it allows me to make a few comments in relation to the matters which really need to be tidied up. Mrs Carnell raised a moment ago the issue of inducements. Indeed, Mr Moore, inducements are the most feared aspect - - -

MR SPEAKER: Mr Moore wishes to know whether you are going to sign the letter.


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