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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 778..


on the table, it was not moved and I think I quoted what the Property Council said on the radio.

Mr Stanhope: You did say that I had given an undertaking to the Property Council. I did not. I accept your apology, Minister.

MR SPEAKER: Now withdraw the reference about lies, please.

Mr Stanhope: It will be in the Hansard available tomorrow. The minister said it in his answer and I have accepted his apology. I have accepted the fact that he has withdrawn it, but he did say it. Do not come in here now and pretend that he did not say it, that he was simply quoting the Property Council. He said it himself.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, is he going to withdraw the terminology?

Mr Stanhope: Every single person who participated in the debate did not proceed with the amendment last night.

Mr Moore: Mr Speaker, standing order 46 does not provide for such a debate.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, you will withdraw the word "lie", otherwise I will name you.

Mr Stanhope: Haven't I withdrawn it? I thought I had done that.

Mr Stefaniak: No. I think you had better. You are starting to defame me, too, so withdraw it.

Mr Stanhope: I withdraw the use of the word "lie".

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

Questions without notice

Electromagnetic radiation and leukaemia

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, my staff have provided me with further information from the Chief Health Officer about the question Mr Hargreaves asked at question time regarding high voltage power lines. It reads:

Over the last decade there has been substantial interest from the public in the risk of cancer from high voltage power lines. The research published to date has been contradictory, with there being little scientific evidence that electromagnetic fields cause cancer (e.g. Linet et al, Residential exposure to magnetic fields and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in children, New England Journal of Medicine, 337, 1997). However, there are "lingering concerns", with some studies finding statistical associations between electromagnetic fields and childhood leukaemia, as well as chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in adults exposed to magnetic fields through their work.

The anticipated Doll report-


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