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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 2896 ..

Ms Follett: That is up to the Speaker.

MR HUMPHRIES: If you do not mind, we do have that capacity on the part of the Government, and I think that we ought to take it up. I am sorry that there is still controversy about this. If Ms Follett really thought that we were wrong in our criticism, she should have shown her statesmanship by taking the attitude to this year's trip that she expected of us; but she did not do that, which I think shows that she is as likely to want to take a point about this as any other politician, and that is most unfortunate.

I think that we can establish a basis for this to happen in future. I have suggested to those opposite that we should talk about travel arrangements in the future, because we will all want to make trips in the future in various ways that will occasion the opportunity for criticism. If we want to overcome the problems of the past - for example, people publishing newspapers alleging that members of the Government spent six weeks in a French chateau and falsehoods like that - we ought to work on an opportunity to build up an acceptable way of travelling in the future.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): Pursuant to section 6 of the Subordinate Laws Act 1989, I present the following paper:

Electoral Act - Instrument to determine the purchase price for printed electoral roll products - No. 161 of 1995 (S301, dated 5 December 1995).


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): For the information of members and pursuant to section 21 of the Ombudsman Act 1989, I present the Australian Capital Territory Ombudsman report for 1994-95.

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