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Tuesday, 23 October 1990


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 2.30 pm and read the prayer.


Mr Speaker Prowse

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, I direct a question to you. I refer you to the debate in the Assembly last Wednesday when the Chief Minister referred to you as "Mr ex-Speaker" and the Chief Minister's subsequent claim that he had said, "Yes, Speaker". I assume that you have listened to the Hansard recording, as members of the Opposition have, and established that the Chief Minister did say "Mr ex-Speaker", not "Yes, Speaker" as he attempted to lead the Assembly to believe. Mr Speaker - I say simply "Mr Speaker" - will you assure the Assembly that this will not be changed in Hansard, as both the Chief Minister and Mr Duby threatened to do on Thursday?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Wood, I answered that question when the issue was raised on the floor of the house. I can assure you that the Hansard will remain as is.

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, I seek to object to what was just said. At no time did I say that I would have the Hansard changed. At no time did I make such a statement.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I would expect a personal explanation on that, Chief Minister.

Mr Berry: On a point of order: the Chief Minister will have the opportunity to raise that as a personal explanation in due course, I suspect.

Retail Trade Turnover

MR STEFANIAK: My question is directed to the Chief Minister. Recent indications in Australia are that retail sales have been depressed over the last six months. In the light of that worrying news, is that trend reflected in the ACT?

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, the answer to that question is no. The real term is the trend in retail turnover. In the ACT in the last month of record, which was August, it was higher than in July, by 0.2 per cent. So there has not been a continued reduction in retail turnover. This

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