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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 106 ..

Minister for Urban Services - Legal Fees

MR SPEAKER: Have you any further questions about bans, Mr Berry?

MR BERRY: There is no room for unions in this equation. The good old H.R. Nicholls Society!

MR SPEAKER: You have been interjecting about them all the time. I thought you might be interested.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I feel pretty sure that the house will not be closed down because of it, but if I were in the gallery it might be different.

MR SPEAKER: We will see.

Mr Moore: No; it is easy. We just send Mr Berry out.

MR BERRY: Pardon?

Mr Moore: It is easier than closing the house down. We just send you out.

MR SPEAKER: Ask your question, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: I will come back to that later. My question is to Mrs Carnell in her capacity as Chief Minister. I refer the Chief Minister to the Canberra Times of 30 December last year, where it was reported:

Mrs Carnell told the Canberra Times last night that the taxpayers of Canberra would not have to pick up the tab for the legal fees.

That was referring to Mr De Domenico's legal fees. The article continued:

"I have made it clear the whole way through this case that Tony De Domenico's decision to be legally represented in the way that he has was his decision", Mrs Carnell said.

Will you now confirm, Mrs Carnell, that this is the Government's position on the question of the payment of Mr De Domenico's legal fees and that "not one cent of taxpayers' money will go to pay those fees".

MRS CARNELL: I made exactly that comment - that it was my position that legal fees should not be paid for - - -

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: I am not interested in Mrs Carnell's personal position. I want to know what the Government's position is.

MR SPEAKER: I think the Chief Minister heard the question.

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