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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4338..


Mrs Cross: You are accusing a constituent of lying.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR STANHOPE: Yes. And I accuse you of lying as well, Mrs Cross.

Mrs Cross: Read the stat dec.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

Mrs Cross: Read the stat dec. I trust the constituent more than I trust you.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR STANHOPE: And I am more than happy to have this matter settled, Mrs Cross, in another forum.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Chief Minister! Withdraw that. We cannot accuse each other of lying, except by way of a substantive motion. Chief Minister, I think you should withdraw it now, because otherwise-

MR STANHOPE: I withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

MR STANHOPE: I agree, Mr Speaker. I withdraw that.

Ms Dundas: Mr Speaker, can I ask that this be adjourned to a later hour today so that we can read the stat dec?

MR SPEAKER: You will have to move that way if that is what you want to happen. Chief Minister, would you mind circulating the motion. Could you get one of the attendants to sort it out for us. Going to your point, Ms Dundas: to adjourn-

Ms Dundas: I have sat down, Mr Speaker. Pretend I didn't stand.

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning) (3.39): Mr Speaker, the substance of this motion is quite simple. Mrs Cross made an allegation in question time today by using the words "Was the Chief Minister aware of a camera flash behind his shoulder when he was allegedly on Red Hill on the evening of 17th January?" The motion simply asks Mrs Cross to produce the photo that she alludes to in her question. It has nothing to do with a statutory declaration, which has already been tabled. It simply asks Mrs Cross-I think it requires Mrs Cross-to produce by the close of business today, when the Assembly adjourns for the day, the photo which she alluded to in her outrageous question.

It is that simple, Mr Speaker. If Mrs Cross is so convinced as to the veracity of the claims, as she apparently is, I think it is time for her to demonstrate that the claims are


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