Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 7 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2043..
MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Berry has effectively impugned my honesty in this matter. He asked me whether I have authorised-
Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, that is something I don't have to do.
MR SPEAKER: Sit down, and don't be rude.
MR HUMPHRIES: By asking me the question of whether I have authorised there to be any negotiations about the sale or sell-down of Williamsdale quarry and then saying he has a letter in front of him which repudiates my denial in this place, he is effectively saying, "I have proof that you are a liar." Mr Speaker, that is an implication. It is outside standing orders. Mr Berry should produce this so-called letter and should do so now.
Mr Berry: I will do so in due course.
Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on notice.
Tabling of document
MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services) (3.25): Mr Speaker, pursuant to standing order 213, I move:
That the document quoted from by Mr Berry be presented to the Assembly.
MR BERRY (3.26): Mr Speaker, I wish to speak to the motion. I am extremely happy to table a letter to Mr Denis Page, the former chairman of Totalcare Industries, but I want to read it into the record first. The words "Dear Mr Page" have been crossed out and replaced with "Denis". The word "Treasurer" has been crossed out of the header "Chief Minister, Treasurer, Member for Molonglo, Australian Capital Territory". The letter is signed by Mrs Carnell as Chief Minister and Mr Humphries as Treasurer. Mr Speaker, the letter states:
Thank you for your letter-
Mr Osborne: It must be an old letter then.
MR BERRY: No, it is dated 24 January 2000. It has not got whiskers on it yet but it is getting older. It states:
Thank you for your letter on behalf of the Board seeking endorsement of the proposed Williamsdale quarry and participation with a joint venture partner(s) from the private sector.
I support the proposed venture as presented in Totalcare's Business Case for Williamsdale Quarry, September 1999, subject to:
Totalcare's holding no more than 50 per cent-
so they are entitled to sell more than 50 per cent-