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In doing so she might also explain why, when she was asked very specifically about a written agreement on Tuesday, in one of the very first questions asked, and when she was asked in a very specific interjection by Mr Berry, seeking to be helpful, as always, in his interjections, “Where is the piece of paper?” there was no reference at all by her to this exchange of letters that we now learn is legally binding.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Connolly, if it was an interjection, the Chief Minister was not required to respond.
MR CONNOLLY: Yes, but she did. She rose to the bait with the piece of waffle. She did not produce this “legally binding” exchange of letters.
Mr Berry: Will you now?
Mrs Carnell: I am not speaking. I have already spoken.
MR CONNOLLY: Did you indicate during my remarks that you would do that?
Mrs Carnell: I have spoken.
MR CONNOLLY: I could seek to suspend standing orders to move a motion to require that it be tabled. A simple “I will table it” would suffice.
MR SPEAKER: If the Chief Minister wishes to respond, she can seek leave to do so. Do you seek leave to respond?
MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister): Yes, I am very happy to seek leave.
MRS CARNELL: I am extremely happy to make the letters available to the committee involved. I do not have them with me, so I cannot do so immediately. Funny about that. I do not have them with me, but I am extremely happy to make the letters available to the chair of the committee that is looking at this issue.
Mr Berry: Will you table them?
MRS CARNELL: I do not have them with me. I am happy to make them available to the committee.
Mr Connolly: There are a whole lot of people there who can go up and get them and you can table them in five minutes.
MRS CARNELL: I am very happy to make them available to the committee chair.