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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (22 February) . . Page.. 181 ..

MS HORODNY: I have a supplementary question. You did not actually answer the question about devaluing property. Does this mean that properties in the ACT with trucks parked next to them will all be devalued?

MR DE DOMENICO: Unfortunately, I am not a valuer. It is a hypothetical question which I will attempt to answer. It depends on the size of the truck and it depends on the property concerned, so I do not know.

Consultancies - Expenditure

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, I direct a question to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, I think it was only yesterday that I heard the Leader of the Opposition assert that this Government had spent more on consultancies than any other administration had. I think that is a fair restatement of what the Leader of the Opposition said. Chief Minister, can you advise the Assembly whether this claim by Ms Follett is accurate or whether it is simply yet another case of misrepresentation by the Leader of the Opposition?

Ms Follett: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I think the word "misrepresentation" must be withdrawn. I did not make a statement anything like that asserted by Mr Kaine. I merely referred to the fact that amongst the Government's expenditure was some $6m to $7m on consultants. I think "misrepresentation" must be withdrawn.

MR SPEAKER: You are making a personal explanation.

Mr Kaine: Speaking to that point of order, Mr Speaker: Since the Chief Minister has not yet answered the question, I do not know whether the Leader of the Opposition was misrepresenting the facts or not.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I think Mr Kaine's presentation of this issue suggests that the Leader of the Opposition was - - -

Mr Hird: On a point of order - - -

Mr De Domenico: What point of order is it?

MR SPEAKER: One at a time. Are you taking a point of order, Mr Hird?

Mr Hird: He has not, so what is he doing up on his feet, sir?

Mr Berry: I think the suggestion was that the Leader of the Opposition was misleading the house.

MR SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order. I have not yet heard the Chief Minister's response.

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