Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1958..
MR SPEAKER: Order, Chief Minister! Mr Pratt, I would order you to withdraw the imputation in your supplementary question where you mentioned "cock-and-bull story".
MR STANHOPE: Well, it is consistent with all the lies that were told yesterday.
MR SPEAKER: Order!
Mr Pratt: I withdraw that imputation. I replace it with "unbelievable".
MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Resume your seat.
MR STANHOPE: As I was saying, Mr Speaker, I am certain that I can say-and I say with absolute conviction-that at no stage was I invited to a meeting on the top of Red Hill. The suggestion that I at any time attended meetings on the top of Red Hill with officials is absolutely a blatant lie, a clear lie, a fabrication, a lie that was manufactured by the Liberal Party and actually was paraded by the Liberal Party, designed simply-
Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The word "lie"has been put forward several times. If it is a lie, then prove it. He must withdraw.
MR SPEAKER: I think the collective reference is an imputation against the members; so I would ask you to withdraw.
MR STANHOPE: I withdraw that, Mr Speaker. I just make the point: yesterday I was subjected to a litany of the most outrageous lies that you can imagine, through the media and-
Mr Smyth: Point of order, Mr Speaker. If they are lies, let him prove it. Otherwise, he must withdraw.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, I want to hear what the Chief Minister says before I order him to withdraw. I think he just mentioned a litany of lies.
Mrs Burke: It can only come from here.
MR STANHOPE: That wasn't it at all. I did not suggest that at all. What I said was that yesterday I faced a litany of lies about my apparent attendance or appearance on the top of Red Hill.
MR SPEAKER: Order! The time being 3 o'clock-
Mrs Burke: From the community.
MR STANHOPE: They were lies-absolute and total.
MR SPEAKER: Order! Resume you seat, please.
Mrs Burke: You are calling the community liars now.