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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . . Page.. 144..


MR BERRY: I present the following paper:

Unemployment rises-Copy of media release by Wayne Berry MLA, dated 8 February 2001.

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer): Mr Speaker, I also seek to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Please proceed.

MR HUMPHRIES: I did not in my remarks attribute Mr Berry's misrepresentation on that subject to his press release. In fact, I made-

Mr Stanhope: You attributed it to a vacuum.

MR HUMPHRIES: No, I do not think that I did. His comments occurred in the report run by WIN News. I quoted his press release, but I did not say that his press release was the origin of that misrepresentation.

Opposition members: Oh!

MR HUMPHRIES: Go back and check the Hansard. It is in the Hansard. However, Mr Berry was quoted on WIN News as purporting to say that there had been an increase of 0.3 per cent.

Mr Quinlan: And you knew that was different.

MR HUMPHRIES: Yes, I did, Mr Speaker. That is the origin of that comment by Mr Berry and it was wrong.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Please proceed.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, in question time today, the Minister for Urban Services claimed in answer to a question I asked him about private certification in the ACT building industry that I had complained that no review had been undertaken, despite his promise to conduct such a review. I would like to clarify that, Mr Speaker. My question said that it is now over two years since private certification was introduced into the ACT building industry and no review has been completed. Mr Speaker, the minister misrepresented me on that point.

Also, in response to a matter in question time today, Mr Moore claimed that I and other Labor members did not table records of our travel undertaken through Assembly budgets. I would like to place on record that I-I am sure that I can vouch for my Labor colleagues in this regard-regularly table the reports required of us in relation to travel undertaken by use of our Assembly accounts.


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