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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 15 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4838..


MR SPEAKER: Go ahead.

MR MULCAHY: In reply to a question earlier today, the Chief Minister, I believe, questioned the veracity of the premise contained within my question that quoted statements he had made. I would like to table the media release to which I made reference to assist his memory. I seek leave to table the document.

Leave granted.

MR MULCAHY: I present the following paper:

"Costello's secret plan to raise GST"-Media release by the Chief Minister, dated 25 March 2005.

MR PRATT (Brindabella): Mr Speaker, under standing order, 46 I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

MR SPEAKER: Go ahead, Mr Pratt.

MR PRATT: Today in question time the minister made the statement that I had spent 45 minutes at the multicultural summit last Saturday.

Mr Corbell: It was 47 minutes.

MR PRATT: Forty-seven minutes, was it, or was it 46? The fact is that, after attending the Arab and Australian Women's Friendship Association bazaar for a couple of hours last Saturday morning-

MR SPEAKER: How have you been misrepresented here, Mr Pratt?

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, it was claimed that I had spent 45 minutes at the meeting, but I can prove to you that I spent 21/2 hours at the particular venue. The minister claimed that I spent 45 minutes at the multicultural summit on Saturday afternoon. I arrived at 1.00 pm and I stayed there until about 3.30 pm. That is a total of about 21/2 hours, not the 45 minutes claimed by the minister.

Paper

MR PRATT (Brindabella): I seek leave to table an explanatory memorandum for the random drug testing legislation tabled earlier today.

Leave granted.

MR PRATT: I present the following paper:

Road Transport (Alcohol and Drugs) (Random Drug Testing) Amendment Bill 2005-Explanatory statement.


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