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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4078..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

do so then Mr Stefaniak should do so on her behalf. I make no additional comments on this matter other than to state that the government accepts the expert advice provided in this report.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Personal explanation

MR PRATT (Brindabella): Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, under standing order 46 I would like to make a personal explanation.

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Are you claiming to have been misrepresented?

MR PRATT: Yes, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. A short time ago the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services indicated that he and his staff had searched the web to look for a question that I had asked on 14 November about a particular New South Wales RTA report. He said that he and his staff had not been able to find that question that I had asked here in this place about such a report.

The implication there was that I did not ask the question. I would like to read back into Hansard a part of the question that I did ask on 14 November:

In particular, a number of engineers from the New South Wales RTA have prepared a report that concludes that the Tharwa bridge is not "beyond economic repair"and that it can be repaired to at least light traffic load within a much, much shorter period of time than it would take to build your new concrete bridge.

Minister, what analysis has your department undertaken of the New South Wales RTA report about the future of the Tharwa bridge? What was the outcome of that analysis? Will you table this report by close of business tomorrow?

Mr Stanhope: Where were you misrepresented?

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, I have already spoken to you on this subject. If you do it again, I will warn you.

Mr Stanhope: Point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker: this is a personal explanation. Where is it that the member claims to have been misrepresented? What is the misrepresentation?

Mr Smyth: Hargreaves misled the Assembly.

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, I can do this without your intervention. Mr Pratt said that he wanted to respond because of something that Mr Hargreaves said. Mr Hargreaves said that he could not find a reference to a


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