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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4390..


Clause 30, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Gungahlin Drive Extension

Kangaroos

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I table two answers to questions taken on notice, which I had intended to table after question time but neglected to.

Gungahlin Drive Extension-Impact on Kaleen horse paddocks-Answer to question without notice asked of Mr Stanhope by Ms Dundas and taken on notice on 19 August 2004.

Kangaroo cull-Googong-Answer to question without notice asked of Mr Stanhope by Ms Tucker and taken on notice on 24 August 2004.

Bushfires

Statement by Chief Minister

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs): I also wish, Mr Speaker, to table a statutory declaration from Mr Mike Castle, but before doing so, I wish to seek leave to make a short statement in relation to that.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, as members are aware, in question time today I was asked a question by Mrs Cross in relation to my alleged presence on Red Hill on 17 January. As the members would be aware, Mrs Cross tabled a statutory declaration that claimed that I was seen on Red Hill at about 8.30 on 17 January alighting from an Emergency Services vehicle with Mr Mike Castle and other members of the Emergency Services Bureau.

I undertook, during question time, to obtain from Mr Mike Castle a statutory declaration about those events. Mr Mike Castle kindly agreed to provide such a statutory declaration, and I now wish to table that, as I undertook to. I did undertake to table the statutory declaration, along with the photograph, which we expect Mrs Cross to table in relation to her allegations about my alleged presence on Red Hill. I await, as we all do, the tabling of that photograph.

I would like to take the opportunity of reading the statutory declaration from Mike Castle, head of the Emergency Services Bureau on 17 January and esteemed Canberran, somebody whom I believe everybody in this place knows and I am sure somebody whose integrity would not be gainsaid. This is Mr Mike Castle's statutory declaration.

I, Michael John Castle of Canberra, do solemnly and sincerely declare:


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