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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 21 September 2006) . . Page.. 3051 ..

residents to live independently. However, we acknowledge that during this transition extra support is required and extra planning is required. Some safety net arrangements will need to remain in place post June 2007.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Personal explanation

MR PRATT (Brindabella): Could I please take a standing order 46 clarification, claiming to have been misled by Mr Hargreaves.

MR SPEAKER: Do you claim to have been—

MR PRATT: Misled or misrepresented.

Mr Corbell: Make him take an English test!

MR PRATT: Be quiet, Mr Corbell. You might learn something. A few minutes ago Mr Hargreaves said that I had made comments in recent times that alleged hypocrisy against matters I raised last night at a Ramadan function which I and the opposition organised to celebrate the coming of Ramadan. The minister was invited to that and asked by me to speak.

At that function last night they talked about harmony, and I talked about welcoming in the Ramadan festival. Might I add that what I said last night is consistent with what I have been saying and practising as an MLA for five years, and certainly since becoming the shadow minister for multiculturalism.

MR SPEAKER: Will you come to the point where you have been misrepresented, please.

MR PRATT: What the minister said just now is a totally untrue reflection of that position. What he is alleging I said in terms of hypocrisy is simply untrue. Indeed, the reporting of my comments by the Canberra Times did not reflect the truth of what I discussed with the Canberra Times about that particular subject.


Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

ACT Legislative Assembly Secretariat—Annual Report 2005-2006, dated September 2006.

Murray-Mackie study—government response

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Health, Minister for Disability and Community Services and Minister for Women): For the information of members, I present a revised copy of the paper entitled “Recommendations of the Murray-Mackie study” and the government response that I presented earlier today.

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