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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4336..


MRS CROSS: Thank you, Mr Speaker. In that case I seek leave to table a statutory declaration, together with my copies of the record of a conversation with my office from which was extracted the paragraph I quoted in my speech on the motion of no confidence in the Chief Minister on 13 May this year. This record will provide the context in which the caller innocently made a statement I quoted, and that is that the Chief Minister was seen at the Red Hill lookout at around 8.30 pm on January 17.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I did not quite hear, Mr Speaker. Was the photograph tabled as well?

MR SPEAKER: I have not seen the documents, so I do not know. We will make sure you get a copy of them straight away.

MR STANHOPE: I would like to ensure that Mrs Cross tables the photograph, the photographic evidence, before the rising of the Assembly today-

MR SPEAKER: Well, I do not have any authority-

MR STANHOPE: which would reveal the lie contained in this statement.

MR SPEAKER: I cannot require Mrs Cross to table anything. She has sought leave and tabled some documents, Chief Minister.

January 2003 bushfires-tabling of photograph

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs) (3.31): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion requesting Mrs Cross to table by the rising of the Assembly today, the photograph which she has alleged was taken of me on Red Hill on 17 January. Mr Speaker, no such photograph-

Mrs Cross: Point of order, Mr Speaker. The question to the Chief Minister was did he notice a camera flash off to his left when he was on Red Hill lookout?

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mrs Cross! I can only deal with one thing at a time.

Mrs Cross: Point of order, Mr Speaker. I seek clarification from you. I have tabled a statutory declaration in addition to the records of the notes that were taken between my office and a constituent's call to my office to confirm that the Chief Minister was seen at Red Hill lookout at 8.30 pm the night of the 17th.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mrs Cross, resume your seat. Yes, you sought leave to do that, and leave was granted. The documents have been tabled and will be available to members in the Assembly. Chief Minister, I think you should seek leave again.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I seek leave to move a motion requiring Mrs Cross to table, before the rising of the house today, the photograph which she intimated in her question to me just now was taken of me on Red Hill on 17 January,


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