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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4071..


MR SPEAKER: So far he has quoted from Hansard but I want him to come to the personal explanation.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I did try to do that before I was interrupted. I will go back. Mr Pratt also said that in the November sittings I was asked whether I or my officials had seen this report and that I declared that we had not. Mr Speaker, my staff have searched the Hansard for November and cannot find a record of anyone asking me about the report tabled by Mr Pratt, nor any record of my denial of having seen it. It is gross in the extreme that in speaking to this no confidence motion against me Mr Pratt would say these things. I have been misrepresented.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hargreaves, you have made your explanation. You have explained—

MR HARGREAVES: Well, I will accept your ruling, Mr Speaker, but it is usually a good idea to wait until someone has finished. Perhaps there was more in there to come—and there is no more.

Mr Pratt: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I think he is dissenting from your ruling.

MR SPEAKER: No, he is not dissenting from my ruling. I just want to nip this in the bud before we get into another debate about the issue.

MR HARGREAVES: In the interests of time, but also as a secondary issue altogether—this is not under standing order 46—I wish to table—

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR HARGREAVES: That is concluded. This is another issue, a completely separate issue, Mr Speaker, in my capacity as a minister and having the authority, I believe, to table papers in this place.

MR SPEAKER: You have.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Belconnen to Civic busway

MR HARGREAVES: I was asked by Mr Seselja to point to where I was able to detect about issues around the transport corridors. I table a record today, from the Canberra Liberals website, indicating that the policy continues of endorsing "reserving transport corridors for future development". I table the following document:

Reserving transport corridors for future development—Extract from Canberra Liberals Platform, dated July 2004.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo): Mr Speaker, under standing order 46, Mr Hargreaves has just misrepresented what I asked him. I did not ask him about transport corridors; I


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