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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3051..


MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer): Mr Speaker, I also wish to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: You may proceed.

MR HUMPHRIES: Firstly, I never asserted that Mr Berry broke the law, even though he has asserted, by what he has just said, that I have, again.

Mr Moore: Yet again.

MR HUMPHRIES: Yet again. Mr Speaker, I have reached the point where, in light of the continuing of this allegation, I think that it is quite improper under standing orders to allege that a member has broken the law, particularly when the member has actually produced clear legal advice that that has not occurred. I ask, therefore, for Mr Berry to withdraw the allegation.

Mr Berry: I am happy to look at the Hansard, but-

MR SPEAKER: Standing order 55 says that all imputations of improper motives and all personal reflections on members shall be considered highly disorderly.

Mr Berry: But reflections on the government are not.

MR SPEAKER: I do not know that you reflected on the government. I think that you reflected on the Chief Minister.

MR HUMPHRIES: You said that I broke the law.

Mr Berry: When did I say that?

MR HUMPHRIES: You have said it repeatedly.

MR SPEAKER: A withdrawal has been asked for.

Mr Berry: Yes, but something has to have been made, first of all, Mr Speaker. I am happy to look at the Hansard and, if I have made any imputations that Mr Humphries is an unlawful character, I will withdraw them; but I am going to have a look at the Hansard first.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, at the end of his remarks under standing order 46 he also said, "I was cleared of any illegality-

Mr Berry: No, I did not say that. Hang on, I have been Gary-ed again. I said that I have been cleared by two inquiries, which is something that you cannot say about yourself.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, those words imply that there was something which-

Mr Berry: They don't imply anything.


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