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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 2455 ..

MR BERRY (10.21): Mr De Domenico does not seem to have anything to say in response to the contribution made by my colleague Mr Whitecross. That is a bit of a shame because this issue of libraries in all of the suburbs of the ACT is of particular importance. Again, as a member from the electorate of Ginninderra, I raise the point that the Kippax library is another library service that is under threat by this Government.

Mr Hird: Yes, but you did not want to put it in. Your Federal people did not want to put it in.

Mr Moore: What has Mr Hird done about that?


MR BERRY: Mr Hird has done nothing about the Kippax library.

Mr Hird: Fifteen years ago you, the Labor Party, did not want to put it in and I persuaded the Liberal Party to put it in.


MR BERRY: All he has done is encourage his colleagues to wind it down.

Mr Hird: The Liberal Party put it in. Do not start saying to me that you put it in. That is a fact.

MR BERRY: You have done nothing. You have done nothing to defend it. It is about time you defended it.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Berry has the floor.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, this is another library service the future of which, before the last election, I recall seeing Mr Stefaniak swanning around and making all sorts of nice warm and positive noises about.

Ms Follett: The butchers of Belconnen.

MR BERRY: That is not a bad one - "the butchers of Belconnen".

Mr Stefaniak: That is not the strangler of Charnwood, is it?

MR BERRY: The strangler of Charnwood and his cohort over here will not get up and defend the Government on any issue in this budget. Not once has he risen to his feet and defended the Government. I see Mrs Carnell saying, "Don't you do it, Harold". I would say that, too, Mrs Carnell, because it is indefensible.

Mrs Carnell: I did not say a word.

MR SPEAKER: You were speaking about libraries, Mr Berry.

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