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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 6 Hansard (21 May) . . Page.. 1525 ..

MR WHITECROSS (continuing):

The Government believes that ... this section -

that is section 49 -

relates to budget neutral transfers to reflect decisions to change priorities.

That is exactly what I said, and Mrs Carnell was incorrect to say that I was wrong.

MR BERRY: I seek leave to explain certain words under standing order 47.


MR BERRY: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Mrs Carnell has either misquoted or misunderstood something I said in the course of the debate, and I would like to clarify the issue. In relation to the cancellation of the capital works, it is very clear that the capital works intended in the capital works budget have been cancelled this year. Unless Mrs Carnell is prepared to give an unequivocal indication that she will be adding a further $14.2m to next year's capital works, then - - -

Mrs Carnell: Mr Speaker, this is out of order under standing order 47.

MR SPEAKER: I am watching this very carefully. Do not debate it.

MR BERRY: Then, Mr Speaker, Mrs Carnell cannot make the claims that she did.

Mrs Carnell: He cannot debate the issue, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: He did not. I was watching that very carefully.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.24 to 2.30 pm


Question Time

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, my question is to you. I preface the question by saying how pleased I am to see that you are still here. Mr Speaker, the Liberals' 1995 election promises under the heading "City Government" included the commitment:

Question Time is a forum where Ministers should be held accountable and provide real information to the Assembly and residents.

Will you exercise your authority under standing order 118(a) to ensure that Ministers do provide real information to the Assembly, or do you believe that the responsibility for the failure to keep the Liberals' election promise to provide real information lies with Mrs Carnell and her contempt for the Assembly?

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