Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 1 Hansard (29 April) . . Page.. 178 ..
MR SPEAKER: Just a moment. If he did not quote from a document - and Mr Corbell indicates that he did not quote from one - then there is no document that can be tabled. Secondly, of course, the request was not made immediately upon the conclusion of Mr Corbell's speech. So, I think on those two grounds there is no - - -
Mr Berry: I am perfectly happy to let him move the motion. Seek leave to move the motion.
MR SPEAKER: Just a moment.
Mr Corbell: Mr Speaker, I would like to clarify your statement. I did not quote from any document during my speech. I simply recalled that the document existed, but I certainly did not quote from it.
Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, given that Mr Corbell has not quoted from any document but has, nonetheless, referred to such a document, I seek leave to move the motion which is now being circulated in the chamber, which reads:
That Mr Corbell table by close of business today the criteria of the ACT Branch of the Australian Labor Party for privatisation of public assets.
He referred to that document. It is an extremely important document. I wish to speak to the motion. Do I have leave to move it?
MR SPEAKER: Is leave granted for Mr Humphries to move this motion?
Mr Corbell: Mr Speaker, if any member of this place who has shown such great interest in the Labor Party's good principles in relation to public ownership drops by my office, I would be quite happy to provide him with a copy, if that would relieve the house of such an onerous formal requirement.
MR SPEAKER: Order! This is a very informal discussion at the moment.
Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, when members on this side of the chamber are asked to produce documents that they refer to, we do not invite those asking to come up to our offices and perambulate around while we go and find them for them. We do them the courtesy, Mr Speaker, of providing them in this place as requested. This Government has been requested time and again to table such documents.
MR SPEAKER: Order! Is leave granted for Mr Humphries to move the motion?
Leave not granted.