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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3851..


MR SPEAKER: Withdraw that, please.

MS GALLAGHER: I withdraw that, but at best she is badly advised. I have the article from the Australian here, and it does not contain any of the details-

Mrs Burke: You've got the details.

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Speaker, this is where Mrs Burke is a liar. I will withdraw that, but she is saying something that is completely untrue. She alleges that I have information that she has, and I do not have that information. She needs to stop saying that I have the information and saying on radio, and to other people, that I have information that she has. She has just read contract numbers, prices and dates that I have never seen.

I believe this matter relates to a public interest disclosure made against the Department of Education and two other government agencies. If Mrs Burke had taken the time to understand the legislation that surrounds that, she would understand that I cannot be briefed on that matter, other than to say that a public interest disclosure has been made to allow for the full process of natural justice for all of those involved to be thoroughly investigated through the process that has been established by law.

If, on the other hand, Mrs Burke has been handed information that has given her all the details in the question that she has just read out, that is another matter. In relation to any information that I have about that, I do not have the information, and I have never had the information. Don't sit there with your big eyes and go, "Oh, I don't believe you"! I am sick of this woman. For eight months I have put up with this woman alleging things about me that are completely incorrect.

Mr Stanhope: The lies, the deceit-that aren't true.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, on a point of order, I ask the Chief Minister to withdraw the word "lies".

Mr Stanhope: I didn't direct it at anybody; I was just supporting-

Mrs Dunne: In that case, I invite all my colleagues to stand up and demand a withdrawal.

Mr Stanhope: I did use the words "the lies, the deceit", but I didn't direct them at anybody, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I think there is an imputation there. You should withdraw an imputation.

Mr Stanhope: I withdraw any imputation. A point has been very well made about truth not being told publicly and not being told constantly.

Mr Quinlan: Hear, hear!

Mr Stanhope: There has been no honesty in relation to this issue.


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