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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 8 Hansard (24 October) . . Page.. 1971 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

What Mr Wood should be saying is, "We do not agree, for example, with your putting money into protection of endangered species habitats in Gungahlin, or the creation of a Tuggeranong weather station, or the establishment of integrated environmental protection legislation, or a contaminated sites plan, or a weeds strategy for the Territory. We think other things are more important". If that is the case, let him say so, and let him say which matters are more important than those issues. Mr Speaker, this Government stands by the approach we are taking because it will ultimately deal with the most important issues first.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, pursuant to standing order 46, I would like to make a short statement.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. Do you mind if I put the question first?

MR BERRY: I would rather deal with it now, sir.

MR SPEAKER: Very well. Proceed.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, Mr Humphries, in the course of the debate, talked about the Tuggeranong weather station and claimed that I was opposed to it. Mr Humphries ought to have gone to one of the very important issues which I was concerned about in that criticism of the Government, and that was the 100 mature trees that Mr Humphries was going to cut down without any consultation with the community. If Mr Humphries had dwelt on that issue for a moment I would have felt more relaxed about his discussion of the issue during the course of his speech.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, under standing order 46, I also would like to make a personal explanation.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, Mr Berry, in the course of his comments, clearly indicated on the original taped debate about the Tuggeranong weather station that he did not see why we needed to monitor in Tuggeranong. Mr Berry did not talk about the trees. Mr Berry was concerned about why people in Tuggeranong deserved to have their weather monitored. That is the issue that he should be facing up to and admitting to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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