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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 4 Hansard (18 April) . . Page.. 1077 ..

MRS CARNELL (continuing):

To get back to the question, capital works is underspent and the central redundancy pool is underspent. We will have the capacity, from those programs and the Treasurer's Advance, at least on current projections, and we will not have to go to extra borrowings.

Mr Berry: So this is a phoney Bill.


MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, Mrs Carnell's answer shows that she does not understand her own budget, because there is no such thing as a capital works budget. There is capital spread over 27 pages.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I rise to take a point of order.

MR WHITECROSS: My question is - - -

MR SPEAKER: There is a point of order. Sit down.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, Mr Whitecross is doing what members opposite seem to have become used to doing with every single supplementary question, and that is making a statement instead of asking a question or as well as asking a question. I would ask you to rule that that kind of thing is not in order.

MR SPEAKER: I uphold that point of order and I would remind members - - -

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I would like to - - -

MR SPEAKER: Sit down. I am speaking.

Mr Berry: Would you let - - -

MR SPEAKER: Sit down. Standing order 119 says:

Immediately following the oral answer to a question, one supplementary question may be asked by the Member who asked the original question: Provided that the supplementary question is relevant to the original question or arises out of the answer given, contains no preamble, introduces no new matter and is put in precise and direct terms.

Would you like to ask a supplementary question, Mr Whitecross?

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. Would you also agree, Mr Speaker, that questions that have been asked previously in this house and have been allowed set a precedent for the continuing questioning of Ministers in this place? Mr Speaker, I put it to you that that standard has already been set and it ought not be upset by your ruling.

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