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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (14 June) . . Page.. 1735..


Mr Berry: That's fine.

MR SPEAKER: Sit down.

MR HUMPHRIES: Actually, I have not indicated that, Mr Speaker. I am not aware of any rebate scheme. If there is a rebate scheme, it is a matter for Totalcare.

Mr Stanhope: Will you ask for a briefing now?

MR HUMPHRIES: Well, what is the issue? I would get a briefing if there was some issue there, but what is it?

Mr Stanhope: There is a question you can't answer. That is the issue.

MR HUMPHRIES: If you want to ask ridiculously convoluted questions, the point of which is unclear, to prove that the government does not know what it is talking about, go right ahead, but it is not the line I would choose to run to get elected in October. I do not know why Mr Berry is interested in the amount that they charge for each particular load of stone that is taken away from Williamsdale quarry. But, if they choose to provide different rates to different people for commercial reasons, that is their business. I can assure you that the government has not said to Totalcare, "Give so-and-so a lower price because we like the cut of their jib," or something like that.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. Mr Speaker, that is me over here.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, unfortunately. Go on.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I asked the Chief Minister to inform the house-

MR SPEAKER: Do not repeat the question, thank you. The Chief Minister is well aware of the question, thank you. Resume your seat.

Mr Berry: I don't think he is; I do not think he heard. We just want-

MR SPEAKER: Resume your seat.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, if Mr Berry has an allegation to make, let him make it, out in the open, in the public, so that we can hear what it is that he is saying. I do not intervene at that level of Totalcare's decision-making, and nor should any responsible minister in these circumstances.

Crime

MR HIRD: My question is to the minister for police, Mr Smyth. Is the minister aware of the report Recorded Crime: Australia 2000, published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics? Can the minister advise the parliament of trends in crimes such as burglary and motor vehicle theft?


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