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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 4045..

Personal explanation

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

Leave granted.

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, I just want to point out that, in terms of the document the Chief Minister just tabled on the community policing policy, in fact his statement just now has misrepresented-

MR SPEAKER: What is the personal nature of your explanation?

MR PRATT: The explanation is this: in fact the photos that the Chief Minister referred to were sourced; we did not pose with them; no MLAs posed with the police.

MR SPEAKER: Order! This is a-

Mr Stanhope: You're using photographs of ACT police in your election material.


Mr Stanhope: You were caught out.

MR PRATT: No. The photos are sourced; they are not posed.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I have given leave for a personal explanation. I do not want people to get involved in a debate over a point of argument.

MR PRATT: Well, then tell the Chief Minister to jump back into his box.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Do you want to continue with a personal explanation? I remind you that I will sit you down if you do not confine yourself to matters of a personal nature.

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, under standing order 46 I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

MR SPEAKER: I have already given you leave, Mr Pratt.

MR PRATT: The Chief Minister misrepresented our position in the paper that he tabled.

MR SPEAKER: Sorry, no, resume your seat.

MR PRATT: He is good at misrepresenting. That is all he is good at. Back in your box, Chief Minister.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Resume your seat.

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