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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (31 March) . . Page.. 1421..

MRS DUNNE (continuing):

opportunity to participate in the preliminary assessment...arranged by the previous government.

Mr Wood created this committee on 23 April 2002 to replace the environment advisory committee that had served the previous government. Do you not think it a bit rich for you to criticise this organisation for not offering its views in 1997 when your government created it in 2002?

MR STANHOPE: It is fair to say that what I said was those organisations or the individuals involved-

Mrs Dunne: "I cannot believe that those organisations-


Mrs Dunne: "or individuals".

MR STANHOPE: Thank you. Thank you.

Mrs Dunne: You criticised the organisation.

MR STANHOPE: Or those individuals. Thank you Mrs Dunne. That is what I said, and I said it advisedly. I knew what I was saying: those organisations-that is, those that were in place in 1997 or those individuals; that is, those-

Mrs Dunne: You criticised them.

MR STANHOPE: What did I say? What did I say? I said, "Those organisations or those individuals involved-

Mrs Dunne: You criticised them: "I can't believe those organisations or individuals didn't come forward in 1997."

MR STANHOPE: And the individuals involved were involved in 1997. If they were around and involved-they were here in 1997-they had two opportunities: one in 1997 as individuals, the other at any other time as either members of organisations or as individuals.

I was awake to the issue Mrs Dunne. The words I used were used advisedly.

MRS DUNNE: I have a supplementary question. Why are you so ignorant of your portfolios that you were not aware that the government created its principal advisory committee in April 2002?

MR STANHOPE: I just answered that question. I was very careful in my choice of words: I said, "Those organisations or the individuals involved"to cover that very point.

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