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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 4139..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

I think Mrs Burke could have asked about Gowrie, or it could have been another matter, and asked was I aware of this. And I was not aware of it because I am not aware of the content of the public interest disclosure.

So my answers have been entirely correct. I am not aware of what is in the public interest disclosure. I will review Hansard but I have answered questions as they have been put to me; I have answered every question as it has been put to me.

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I ask a supplementary question. Minister, why do you continue to change your story and have you not given the Assembly false information? Will you set the record straight?

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Mr Stefaniak has just suggested that this minister gives the Assembly false information. I would ask him to withdraw that.

MR STEFANIAK: I said: have you not-

MR SPEAKER: I think you said why do you continue to change your story, or words to that effect. That is an imputation, Mr Stefaniak, and you cannot do that.

MR STEFANIAK: I will rephrase it. Minister-

MR SPEAKER: You will rephrase it if I permit you to. Go ahead.

MR STEFANIAK: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Withdraw the imputation first of all.

MR STEFANIAK: I withdraw any imputation, Mr Speaker. Minister, we have heard a number of different responses to these questions over the last couple of weeks. When will you set the record straight?

Mr Wood: Oh, get out! That is no better.

Ms MacDonald: That is still an imputation.

Mr Hargreaves: You can't set their crooked record straight.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The minister has the call.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. As I just said in conclusion to the question, I have answered all the questions as they have been put to me. It has been coming out in dribs and drabs: a question about a canteen that I have taken on notice and I will come back with that; a question about Procurement Solutions and their memorandums of understanding with the department of education-I have come back and given that advice; on Gowrie-there has been further explanation of that. But every answer I have given is correct.

When Mrs Burke asked me had my office received a phone call from the CPSU, I answered that correctly. When Mr Stefaniak asked yesterday whether my office had


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