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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2307 ..

Mrs Carnell: Thank you, Mr Speaker - - -

Mr Berry: No; you have to ask for it first.

Mrs Carnell: I just did.

MR SPEAKER: No, you do not have to ask for it. If the Chief Minister wishes to make a personal explanation under standing order 46, she can ask me, and I will grant it.

Mr Berry: Okay.

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister): I think it is very important, Mr Speaker, for everybody here to realise that the document that Mr Whitecross has just tabled was commissioned by the Australian Supermarket Institute. It was interesting in question time when Mr Whitecross asked me about payroll tax - - -

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, this is hardly a personal explanation - - -

MR SPEAKER: I am waiting for the personal explanation.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, one is only allowed to make a personal explanation; one is not allowed to debate the issue.

MR SPEAKER: That is correct.

Mr Berry: Mrs Carnell is clearly debating the issue on her way to what we might expect is a personal explanation. There is an issue of the standing orders at large here that I think you should adhere to.

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am providing some extra information to the question - - -

Ms McRae: You cannot do that under standing order 46.

MRS CARNELL: I can. I did not ask for it under 46.

Ms McRae: Yes, but that is what he has given you leave to do.

MR SPEAKER: Order! A member may explain matters of a personal nature, but such matters may not be debated. Mrs Carnell is, I assume, explaining matters for her personal explanation; but she is not debating them.

Mr Berry: You could not assume it from anything she has said so far.

MRS CARNELL: I am not. I am adding further information to the question in question time.

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