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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1404..


MR SPEAKER: Relevance, Chief Minister, please.

MR STANHOPE: Can you believe that the basis on which the Liberal Party changed leader at the last turn was apparently because the most popular member of the party did not have the gumption—

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, relevance! Come back to the subject matter of the motion.

MR STANHOPE: and the new leader did not have a recognition rating that actually was in double figures.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.47): Mr Speaker, I would like to use standing order 47.

MR SPEAKER: Please proceed.

MRS DUNNE: In accordance with standing order 47, I need to clarify something which I presume the Chief Minister misunderstood, so I will repeat what I said in my speech. The chairman's draft came to the committee after I became a member of the committee. So Mr Seselja had nothing to do with the construction of the chairman's draft or the formulation of this report.

The other point that I made was that when the chairman's draft came to me there were almost no recommendations in it. There are now six recommendations because most of those recommendations were suggested by me. I did not think it was appropriate to make any more recommendations because I was not a member at the time of the hearings for the inquiry. Although I had taken some interest in it and had attended a couple of the hearings at various times, I had not been a regular attendee at those hearings.

The point needs to be reinforced that the chairman's draft came to the committee after I became a member of the committee, and that the only Liberal Party person who made any contribution—and it was a substantial one, given the fact that I had only lately come to the committee—to the formulation of this report was me. It was just a mischievous attempt on the part of the Chief Minister to deflect—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Stick to the—

MRS DUNNE: from the criticism I had made by attempting to criticise Mr Seselja's part in the writing of this report. He had no part because he was not a member when the chairman's draft was being discussed.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (10.49), in reply: I will not take too much time. Firstly, in relation to Mrs Dunne's comments on the environment, she said I had a keen interest in the environment but that nothing is done in this report. Mr Speaker, you will see about four or five pages, starting at page 3, regarding the environment. Under "water and energy", paragraph 2.3 talks about Territory and Municipal Services and the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change. The report


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