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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3970 ..

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, on a further point of order: The member just uttered, "We know who is in charge". Obviously, with some merriment over there, they are running some sort of vendetta against you today, Mr Speaker. I take seriously the position of the chairmanship of this Assembly, and I would ask that you ask Ms Follett to withdraw that imputation.

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, on the point of order, may I explain that, on Mrs Carnell clearly attempting to give you an instruction, one of my colleagues asked, "Who is in charge?". My answer was, "We know who is in charge". Clearly, it is you, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Well got out of, Ms Follett. Congratulations. Continue.

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, I ask: Was the Minister trying to misinform this Assembly in giving that answer on 3 September, or are we yet again seeing another example of the total incompetence of this Minister in understanding, or even bothering to find out, what is going on in his own portfolio?

MR DE DOMENICO: I will answer that, Mr Speaker.

Mr Kaine: That is hardly a supplementary question.

MR DE DOMENICO: It is hardly a supplementary question.

MR SPEAKER: The first part of it was.

MR DE DOMENICO: Ms Follett is the last person in this place who can talk about incompetence in Ministers. Mrs Carnell has just given a litany of what the Auditor-General said about the Government when Ms Follett was in charge of it. As I said before to Ms Follett, I will read the full text of the Assembly Hansard. I will also read the full text of what I said at the Estimates Committee. I also note that Ms Follett was not at the Estimates Committee hearing when all this sort of thing happened. If, in fact, I have said one thing which is different to what I have said before, I will come in, as I think I have on a couple of occasions, and apologise.

John Dedman Parkway

MS TUCKER: My question is to Mr Humphries, Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning. Last night there was a public meeting regarding the study into the development of the John Dedman Parkway through North Canberra, at which several hundred people were told by the consultants undertaking the study that the public consultation for the preliminary assessment of the project would take place as a series of workshops - the first one in December and some further workshops early next year. A number of concerns about this process were raised at the meeting. I would like to ask you why this public consultation process is being rushed through over the Christmas holidays when many residents will be either out of town or preoccupied with Christmas

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