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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 5 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 1245..


MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

The claim was made by Mr Hargreaves in committee that Mr Keenan had leaked information from my office to the Valley View. That allegation was denied by Mr Keenan in a statutory declaration, and it has been denied also by the Valley View. I would ask members to note that that is the case. That untruth should not be allowed to stand.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I would like to close this off if I may.

Ms Carnell: No, you cannot.

MR HARGREAVES: I will, thank you very much. Mr Speaker, can I have your ruling, please?

MR SPEAKER: Do you wish to make a statement?

MR HARGREAVES: I do, in relation particularly to that later statement.

Leave granted.

MR HARGREAVES: I wish the record to show that in no way have I suggested that either Mr Keenan or the reporter of the Valley View has acted improperly. You will not find that in any of the writings. I want that record absolutely certified. Thank you.

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

MS TUCKER: Under standing order 118A I would like to make a request to the Minister for Urban Services for an explanation as to why question on notice No. 30 that I placed on the notice paper on 24 June 1998 regarding sewerage maintenance in the ACT was answered only on 21 August 1998, well in excess of the 30-day period allowed.

MR SMYTH: Ms Tucker, unfortunately ACTEW is not in my portfolio. I consulted with the Chief Minister's office and approached ACTEW and got the answer for you as quickly as I could.

STUDY TRIPS
Papers

MR SPEAKER: For the information of members, I present reports of study trips undertaken by Ms Tucker, MLA, to Melbourne in November 1997; Mr Quinlan, MLA, to Sydney on 17 June 1998; and Mr Hird, MLA, to Sydney on 30 July 1998.


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