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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 7 Hansard (20 June) . . Page.. 2004 ..

MRS CARNELL (continuing):

shopping centre, and on the other hand small shopping centres cannot possibly gain from this policy. Mr Speaker, you have to really seriously ask about an argument of that ilk. I think Mr Berry should accept that it does benefit small businesses or, alternatively, withdraw his comment about my involvement in a small business.

MR SPEAKER: I shall be happy to examine the Hansard, Chief Minister.

MRS CARNELL: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker.

Sharps Unit - Collection of Hypodermic Syringes

MR WHITECROSS (Leader of the Opposition) (3.44): Mr Speaker, in question time today the Government, obviously feeling badly after the flogging they got yesterday, devoted - - -

Mr De Domenico: It was like being smacked on the wrist with a moist tram ticket.


Mr Berry: It was for you, because you keep your head down. The rest of them had to bear that.


MR WHITECROSS: Thank you, Mr Speaker. It must be a full-time job keeping Mr De Domenico under control.

Mr De Domenico: It is a full-time job keeping you as leader, mate. They cannot decide.


MR WHITECROSS: I rest my case. Mr Speaker - - -

Mr De Domenico: Just apologise. Do the gutsy thing and apologise.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Whitecross has the floor.

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, the Government wasted both of their dorothy dixers at question time trying to extricate themselves from their embarrassment yesterday about the decision by the Sharps Unit yesterday not to collect syringes from the Civic Youth Centre. The impression was created in question time today by Mrs Carnell and Mr De Domenico that the Sharps Unit had contacted the centre to offer them training and bins as a replacement for their previous collection service and, in the process of making this generous offer, were surprised to find the centre manager hanging up in their ear. That is the story, Mr Speaker, that they told us in question time.

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