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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 3 Hansard (27 March) . . Page.. 697 ..

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, I claim to have been misrepresented. Under standing order 46 I wish to make a statement.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR HIRD: This occurred on 18 October 1995. I claim, Mr Speaker, that in this parliament I was misrepresented by the then shadow spokesman for urban services, Mr Whitecross, who is now the Leader of the Opposition.

Mr De Domenico: This week.

MR HIRD: This week. I draw the Assembly's attention to the Auditor-General's Report No. 2 of an audit conducted into the 1995 taxi plates auction, tabled at yesterday's sitting of the parliament. Among other matters, the audit reviewed the process used to select the successful auctioneer for the auction in question. The audit was conducted at the request of the Chief Minister following questions raised in this parliament on 18 October 1995 by Mr Whitecross, the then Opposition spokesman on urban services, over the selection of Harold Hird and Associates to carry out the said auction.

Mr Whitecross: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: My understanding is that Mr Hird is making a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: That is correct.

Mr Whitecross: The two-page personal explanation that he has in his hand seems to be a statement from him of his accounting of the events. In a personal explanation he should state what has been said that misrepresents him and correct the points, not give a two-page statement to the house, which is what he is doing.

MR HIRD: That is exactly what I am doing. Sit down.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I shall listen carefully to Mr Hird's comments and make sure that he does not stray from the personal explanation.

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