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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 3 Hansard (9 March) . . Page.. 920..


Personal explanations

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

MR SPEAKER: Do you claim to have been misrepresented?

MR CORBELL: Yes.

MR SPEAKER: Please proceed.

MR CORBELL: Mr Smyth claimed in the debate that I had asserted that aged care providers had received a lease. I have always been very accurate in my statements and I have indicated to members on a number of occasions that I have always said that the government has given agreement for the land to be sold to those organisations and that details of the lease are something that goes through the normal planning processes. It is misleading to suggest otherwise.

MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (4.37): Mr Speaker, on the same basis I seek leave to make a personal explanation. What I said was that Mr Corbell had told this place that they had the land. The implication of that is that they actually have control over the land. The only way that they can get control over the land-

Mr Corbell: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Smyth is debating the issue. He can correct the record in terms of what he has said but he cannot debate the issue.

MR SPEAKER: Point made.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, the point I make is-

MR SPEAKER: Stick to the personal part of the explanation.

MR SMYTH: Mr Corbell said that I said that he said that they had leases. I did not. What I pointed out was the fact that Mr Corbell had said that they had the land, the implication being that they had leases. We now know that they do not have the leases and Mr Corbell should have the courage to come back and apologise to the Assembly for what he has said.

Mr Corbell: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Smyth is debating the issue.

MR SPEAKER: Well, I think it is all clear now. Is everybody finished?

MR SMYTH: It is as clear as the explanation can be.

Building Bill 2003

Detail stage

Clause 30.


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