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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 11 Hansard (28 November) . . Page.. 3301..


Ms Carnell: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. If it does become acceptable to read party policy into the record as a personal explanation, I have to say-

MR SPEAKER: I would suggest it can be done on the adjournment.

MS TUCKER: But this is what I say, and Mr Smyth insists that I say something quite different. I should have the right to put on the record what I say.

MR SPEAKER: But if you are going to read from party policy, you will need a longer time. You can do it on the adjournment. There is nothing to stop you doing that.

MS TUCKER: Can I say what I say?

Mr Corbell: Yes.

MS TUCKER: I am not reading the policy, necessarily. We have said quite clearly that we will not see urban development on these open-

MR SPEAKER: We are using the royal plural now, are we, Ms Republican?

MS TUCKER: I am representing a community and a party.

Ms Carnell: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. A personal explanation cannot talk about "we"; it can only talk about "I".

Mr Corbell: On the point of order, Mr Speaker: if Ms Tucker claims that the minister has misrepresented her position as a member of the Greens, she is quite entitled to correct that, and you should allow her to do so.

MR SPEAKER: She does not read the Green policies-or any other colour for that matter. Where have you personally been misrepresented, Ms Tucker?

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I am sure that as a monarchist you would accept the royal "we".

MR SPEAKER: I would, but she is not entitled to do so.

MS TUCKER: Funnily enough, I am representing more than myself here. I am not an Independent.

MR SPEAKER: But you are claiming to have been personally misrepresented.

MS TUCKER: Yes, I have been, because I was representing the Greens in the last election, and Mr Smyth is suggesting that I said that we supported infill in open spaces. What I have said as a Greens member is that we do not support urban consolidation on open spaces; that urban consolidation means that when you redevelop existing areas you can increase the density in certain circumstances, and only around commercial centres and on public transport routes. We were very careful to say that green space and open space have to be maintained and increased.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Your personal explanation has been finalised.


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