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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2393 ..

MR OSBORNE (continuing):

with three young children, I know that the only time we get to shop is late at night. It is quite impossible for my wife or me, or both of us, to take three children to our major supermarket during the day, because two of them need to be pushed around in a pram.

Mr Humphries: Well, do not. Shop at night.

MR OSBORNE: I shop at night, not at the place where I choose to shop but where I am forced to. Mr Speaker, the logic the Government has used for introducing this Bill is fatally flawed. I must admit that I am absolutely disgusted at the way Mr Humphries has lied about this whole issue. Quite frankly, it is very disappointing.

Mr Humphries: I rise, metaphorically speaking, on a point of order. I ask that Mr Osborne withdraw - - -

MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, he has lied to the local shops. Assuming that this is going to help them, which in itself is a lie - - -

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Humphries has sought a withdrawal. Mr Osborne, would you be good enough to do so?

MR OSBORNE: I cannot when it is the truth, Mr Speaker.

Mr Humphries: I think that he should be named, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Osborne, I am asking you, please. Mr Humphries has asked for a withdrawal of the comment. As you well know, generalisations are acceptable - - -

Mr Wood: He wants to go home.

MR SPEAKER: That may be the case.

MR OSBORNE: I will withdraw that, Mr Speaker. The whole Government has lied. They are all liars.

MR SPEAKER: I must accept the statement, because it is a generalisation. It is not for me to judge the veracity of it. Thank you, Mr Osborne. Please proceed.

MR OSBORNE: I am pleased that you acknowledge the fact that they are all liars in the Government. Mr Speaker, the logic that the Government has used in producing this Bill is fatally flawed. It has assumed that by restricting the hours in one place - - -

Mr Moore: Are the Greens liars, too?

MR OSBORNE: No. They are just stupid.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Moore, do not provoke Mr Osborne. Allow him to get on with his speech. I appreciate that it is 9.50 pm and everybody is getting into the silly mood; but try to keep your eye on the matter under discussion.

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