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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 6 March 2008) . . Page.. 632 ..


achieved without a third bin system, the additional cost impost to ratepayers for a new system and the fact that large quantities of garden waste would not be suitable for collection in a kerbside bin and are better suited to self-transport in trailers and utes. Other jurisdictions that are introducing a third bin solely for garden waste collections are doing so in an attempt to recover garden waste at levels already being achieved in the ACT. The ACT performance on garden waste recovery is, therefore, not of concern.

Personal explanation

MR SMYTH (Brindabella): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Have you been misrepresented, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: I have, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Please go ahead, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Yesterday in question time the minister for tourism finished his answer to a question with the words:

What would be a great pity would be if the shadow minister continued to denigrate the event and continued to peddle around the David Marshalls and Joseph Griffiths of this town looking for support, noting, of course, that they reject his position.

The Chief Minister received, as did I, a response to that from Mr David Marshall this morning and I will just read the relevant paragraph:

Brendan Smyth was—

MR SPEAKER: Order! How does this link to a personal explanation? Explain.

MR SMYTH: Mr Barr has accused me of doing something, and here is the proof, from the people that supposedly said it to him, that I was not.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR SMYTH: The email from Mr Marshall reads:

Brendan Smyth wasn’t soliciting the Tourism Taskforce nor TIC’s support for his stance on the change to the running of the event—

Mr Barr: Keep on reading it.

MR SMYTH: I will. I intend to read the whole lot. But that is the important part:

Brendan Smyth wasn’t soliciting the Tourism Taskforce nor TIC’s support for his stance on the change to the running of the event, rather we both disagreed


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