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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (1 March) . . Page.. 471..


Today ABC radio reports that the document has in fact been found in your office, where it has been since 1997, and that you have now handed it to Mr Smyth. The document reads, I understand:

...it was agreed at this meeting that:

1. the ACT government would impose parking restrictions on the streets in the Manuka vicinity as shown on the attached map.

This is the agreement in respect of which last night you said:

No, no-no, we didn't make an agreement.

The same agreement-the agreement to impose parking restrictions, the agreement which didn't exist last night.

Chief Minister, in your frenzied quest for the truth in the Assembly yesterday and on radio over the past 24 hours, you have placed great store on the truth. When did your chief of staff remind you of the meeting and the agreement and when did you become aware of the agreement?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I thank Mr Stanhope for that question. I maintain that there is no agreement.

Mr Stanhope: Here it is.

MR HUMPHRIES: No. There is a file note. If Mr Stanhope has not tabled it before, I will do so now. There was a file note taken of a meeting between Mr Morris, me, the then Chief Minister and some others on 22 May 1997. That meeting minute, that file note, records, among others, the following words:

In order for the project to proceed, it was agreed at this meeting that:

1. the ACT government would impose parking restrictions on the streets in the Manuka vicinity as shown on the attached map, with some allowance for minor variation following public consultation.

Mr Speaker, it was indeed discussed at that meeting and it was agreed that there should be those restrictions on parking around Manuka.

Let me illustrate the point, however, that there is a difference between the sort of agreement Mr Stanhope is talking about and an undertaking given.

Opposition members interjecting-

MR SPEAKER: Order! I will deal with the next person who interjects.

Mr Corbell: It's that bad, is it?

MR SPEAKER: Yes.


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