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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4342..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

the statutory declaration made by Mr Cross, is not named and does not offer to provide a photograph. I think that is interesting and informative in relation to this scurrilous debate.

It is interesting, Mr Speaker, that the statutory declaration refers to me being in the company of Mr Mike Castle. I am more than happy, for the information of members, to obtain from Mr Mike Castle a statutory declaration, from a named person, who was on Red Hill, according to the statutory declaration we have, at the alleged time. I am more than happy to provide for all members, if I can contact Mr Mike Castle today, noting that the statutory declaration does refer to Mr Mike Castle, a statutory declaration from him about whether or not I was on Red Hill on 17 January.

I pose the rhetorical question: I will table Mr Castle's statutory declaration at the same time that Mrs Cross tables the photograph and maybe the statutory declaration that I hope that I will be able to provide to the Assembly before we close today might allow each of us to make some judgments about Mrs Cross's behaviour today. But the motion should be supported so that Mr Mike Castle's statutory declaration perhaps can be tested against the photograph.

Question put:

That Mr Stanhope's motion be agreed to:

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 16

Noes 1

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Cross

Mrs Burke

Mr Pratt

Mr Corbell

Mr Quinlan

Mr Cornwell

Mr Smyth

Ms Dundas

Mr Stanhope

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Ms Gallagher

Ms Tucker

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Wood

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Stanhope: Mr Speaker, unless Mrs Cross has a supplementary question, I ask that further questions be put on the notice paper.

Personal explanations

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming): Mr Speaker, I would just like to clarify a matter under standing order 46. During question time, Mr Stefaniak, I think, asked the Minister for Education and Training what did I know that would allow me to describe the various complaints that were purported to be contained in the PID as "a spray". So let me tell the house what I know.


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