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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 5 Hansard (6 April) . . Page.. 1433..


MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs): If I might respond, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: You need leave to do so.

MR STANHOPE: I would be happy to respond and withdraw any imputation if I had leave to do so, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: The Chief Minister may proceed.

MR STANHOPE: I must say that I apologise. I understood that Mr Mulcahy had at times in his career worked for the tobacco industry. Mr Mulcahy appears to be assuring us that he does not work for the tobacco industry and never has and, as somebody who has never worked for the tobacco industry—

Opposition members interjecting—

Mr Mulcahy: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: this is another example of lowering the tone of this Assembly.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Mulcahy, resume your seat. To the extent that there was an imputation made, it has been withdrawn. If you want to make another personal explanation, you will have to get leave from me to do so and you will have to stick to the personal explanation.

Mr Mulcahy: I seek leave, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: The member may proceed.

Mr Mulcahy: The matter I raised was the observation that there was a matter of me advocating the sale of tobacco to children. I did not deny my career appointments, but I have said most seriously that I find it offensive. I do not see much point in getting to the level of the Chief Minister. He is obviously getting rattled by a number of events, but I do find that offensive and I ask that it not be—

Government members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Resume your seat.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: The member may proceed.

MRS DUNNE: In question time today, Mr Stanhope made the assertion that Mr Mulcahy was the only person on this side who did not speak in the smoking in public places debate. I did not speak in that debate, and that does not in any way make any imputation about my views about smoking.


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