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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4343..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

I know that over a period of a couple of days there have been a number of accusations relayed to the media. They included, as far as I am aware-and several were in the paper: a child missing from school; procurement or tendering irregularities; a child with special needs not being handled properly; work not being carried out up to standard or-

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Quinlan! This is not a personal explanation pursuant to-

MR QUINLAN: I am explaining that I used the term "a spray" because Mr Stefaniak's question implied that I had detailed knowledge.

MR SPEAKER: Well, I think that is a pretty adventurous interpretation of the options available to you under standing order 46.

MR QUINLAN: I want to tell you where I got my detailed knowledge from, Mr Speaker.

Mr Stefaniak: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR QUINLAN: You don't want to hear this one, Billy, do you?

MR SPEAKER: That is not available to you under standing order 46, Mr Quinlan. You are debating the matter.

MRS BURKE: Mr Speaker, under standing order 46, I wish to make a personal explanation. In my earlier point of order seeking withdrawal by the Chief Minister of certain words in respect of me, I inadvertently said my advice about Mr Stanhope's use of these words had been obtained from Hansard. Mr Speaker, this in fact is not correct and the information actually was obtained from the Liberal Party's tape of question time. I do apologise to Hansard and to the Assembly.

Public interest disclosure

MRS BURKE: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a further statement.

Leave granted.

MRS BURKE: I must correct Mr Stanhope's comments made in question time today. It is really important that I do this. For the Chief Minister's information, the documents have existed long before the PID, as has been explained many times by me in this place and to the media. That is point one. The documents I have are private and not government documents, as you accused.

This whole issue, Chief Minister, has only occurred because the department was and is arrogant and unresponsive, and refused to treat the matter seriously for over two years. This is why it has led to this, and I object to the statements you have made.

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement.


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