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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (15 June) . . Page.. 1861..


...I have no written legal advice.

Mr Berry: No, no. I am not talking about legal advice.

MR HUMPHRIES: He says on page 46 of the uncorrected proof Hansard:

I have no written legal advice.

Mr Hargreaves: It's not legal advice.

Mr Berry: We are talking about advice from PALM.

MR HUMPHRIES: He said, "I have no written legal advice." You did not ask where it came from. You said, "Have you got legal advice?"

Mr Hargreaves: Legal advice. We are not talking about legal advice.

Mr Berry: Today we asked about advice from PALM. We are being Gary-ed again.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, again the question is asked today: "What legal advice do you have? Is the section you rely upon section so and so?"

Opposition members interjecting-

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I draw members' attention to standing orders, in particular to standing order 117 (c) (iii), which says:

Questions shall not ask ministers ... for a legal opinion.

Mr Corbell has now asked on two successive days for a legal opinion.

Mr Corbell: I am not asking for a legal opinion, you goose.

MR HUMPHRIES: You asked for legal advice, which is the same thing. Legal opinion, legal advice, what is the difference? What is the difference?

Mr Corbell: Any advice from PALM. The minister said he got advice from PALM. The minister yesterday said he got advice from PALM.

MR SPEAKER: I would be loathe to warn you at this point, Mr Corbell, for constant interjections.

MR HUMPHRIES: Advice as to the effect of a section of the act. Does that sound like legal advice or does it sound like something else?

Mr Hargreaves: Something else.

MR HUMPHRIES: It walks like a goose, talks like a goose, and it looks like a goose, Mr Speaker. I think it is a goose.


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