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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (22 February) . . Page.. 189 ..

MR SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order. I thought you wanted to ask a supplementary question, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: I am asking a supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Ask the supplementary question.

MR BERRY: Have you been ignoring the advice of experienced public service advisers and listening to the Kennett advisers like Kaufman and Houlihan, and is this why industrial relations in this Territory is in such a mess?

Mr Kaine: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Mr Berry is not asking a supplementary question; he is making a statement. I suggest that you call him to order.

MR SPEAKER: Have you asked your supplementary question, Mr Berry?

MR BERRY: Indeed I have.

MR SPEAKER: Then be seated and let the Chief Minister answer it.

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I can guarantee that the approach that we have taken to this industrial dispute has been totally in line with the advice given to us by the same people who gave - - -

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker - - -

MRS CARNELL: I thought that was exactly the question.

MR SPEAKER: Is this a point of order?

Mr Berry: Indeed it is, Mr Speaker. It is in relation to the supplementary question that was asked. I asked Mrs Carnell whether she was listening to Kennett advisers or not. Will she tell us whether she is?

MR SPEAKER: The Chief Minister is answering the question.

MRS CARNELL: The advice that I have taken on this issue - and we do have a meeting every evening to discuss tactics and the approach that we will take - is from exactly the same people who gave advice to the previous Government. That advice has been taken. On one occasion, we have employed an external person to represent us in the commission. It was on the issue of the triple-eight nurses' rosters. If Mr Berry would remember, he also took that issue to the Industrial Relations Commission and lost.

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