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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 May 1995) . . Page.. 315 ..


Finally, Mr Speaker, the most startling aspect of this proposal is that it might come as a shock to Mr Berry to learn that I did not actually develop a proposal for a weather station from go to whoa in the last seven weeks. In fact, the idea was very substantially developed by Mr Bill Wood, member for Brindabella and Mr Berry's predecessor as environment spokesman. I am very pleased to support another Labor Party initiative. It is a pity the Labor Party cannot support it.

MR KAINE: I ask a supplementary question. Minister, given that the Labor Party in government was progressing towards this very same outcome, and having regard to the criticism that has come from members of the Labor Party in the last few days, have you by any chance had any communication from either Mr Wood or Mr Whitecross telling you that this is a bad idea?

MR HUMPHRIES: Strangely, Mr Kaine, I have not. Perhaps it has not yet come across my desk. I am sure that I will receive some communication from Mr Whitecross and Mr Wood in due course, and perhaps they will not be quite so critical of this idea as you suggest.

Ms Follett: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Could I ask Mr Humphries to table the document he was quoting from?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I am very happy to do so, but let me say one thing about that. An agreement was entered into in the past not to - - -

Ms Follett: No; you were reading the letter.

MR HUMPHRIES: No, I am not; I am reading a statement which I prepared.

Ms Follett: Mr Speaker, I would like him to table the letter from which he was quoting, not his brief.

MR HUMPHRIES: I am not reading from the letter here. Mr Speaker, can I make a point: It was always the agreement in the previous Assembly that Ministers not be asked to table documents from which they read during question time.

Ms Follett: I do not want your brief. I want the letter.

MR HUMPHRIES: I am reading from that document at this stage. I am happy to table it, but be aware that if you wish to change the rules that is perfectly fine by me.

Ms Follett: Mr Speaker, I am not asking for Mr Humphries's briefing, but I am asking for the letter from which he was quoting.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I indicated that it was a press release that was issued by Southside Weather Watch.


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