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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (3 March) . . Page.. 626..


MR CORBELL: I didn't assert that Mr Smyth misled the Assembly.

MR SPEAKER: I will have a look at the Hansard. I didn't pick up the-

Mr Smyth: As will I, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I will come back to the Assembly.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, these are concrete demonstrations of the government's preparedness.

Mr Smyth made some rather disparaging comments about the Chief Minister. Of course the term "Leader of the Opposition"for Mr Smyth is a bit of a misnomer really-he should be the "Misleader of the Opposition". That is really who he is, Mr Speaker.

Mr Smyth: Again, Mr Speaker, this is the standard sneaky tactic of Mr Corbell. If he wants to say that I have misled somebody, he should move the substantive motion.

MR CORBELL: I did not suggest you misled the Assembly, Mr Smyth.

MR SPEAKER: Well, you said the misleading Leader of the Opposition, I think.

MR CORBELL: I said the "Misleader of the Opposition".

MR SPEAKER: I think it is a play on words.

MR CORBELL: For the sake of the debate, I am happy to withdraw the comment.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: Perhaps Mr Smyth would withdraw the comment that he made about the Chief Minister, but, of course, he does not have the courage to do that.

Mr Smyth: Point of order, Mr Speaker. If Mr Corbell thinks that there is a comment that I should withdraw then he should ask for it to be withdrawn. When I spoke, nobody raised any objections that the form of this place-

MR SPEAKER: By the sound of this, I am going to be reading Hansard all afternoon. I will have a look at what you said in relation to the Chief Minister, too. But please let us get on with the debate in a parliamentary fashion.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, as I said, he should have the courage to do that, but, of course, he does not.

We have identified in the social plan the fundamental and key issues about equity and capacity for citizens to participate in our community. Those are issues around access to shelter; access to support if they face disadvantage, whether that is through health or through economic and social circumstances; identifying those who are more vulnerable


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