Page 531 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 12 April 1994

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Tuesday, 12 April 1994


MADAM SPEAKER (Ms McRae) took the chair at 2.30 pm and read the prayer.


Suspension of Standing and Temporary Orders

Motion (by Mr Humphries) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent:

(1) Mrs Carnell moving a motion of no confidence in Mr Berry forthwith; and

(2) members speaking to that motion without time limits.

  Motion of Want of Confidence

MRS CARNELL (Leader of the Opposition) (2.32): I move:

That this Assembly lacks confidence in Minister Berry by reason of his deliberate or reckless misleading of the Assembly concerning matters relating to the ACTTAB's contract with VITAB Ltd.

When a Minister misleads a parliament, it is the duty of the Opposition to bring him or her to account. When a Minister repeatedly misleads the house and conceals essential information, it is our duty to act immediately. To deliberately, systematically and repeatedly mislead members over five months, as Mr Berry has done, is totally unconscionable.

The agreement signed by ACTTAB with VITAB is now the subject of an inquiry, following the enormous pressure applied by the Opposition and other concerned groups; but an inquiry will examine only the VITAB deal, how it impacted upon ACTTAB's contract with the Victorian TAB, and other associated matters. It will not examine whether Mr Berry misled the Assembly. The only body that can determine this is the Assembly itself. The Minister has gone out of his way to misrepresent the true picture from the very day the Opposition began to ask questions about the VITAB contract.

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