Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 1 Hansard (30 April) . . Page.. 234 ..
Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, he did talk about the chairman of the board being part of a game plan with the Government, implying clearly that there is some kind of being put up to this exercise. In any case, Mr Speaker, even if there were a reference to Mr Service which was unparliamentary, he does not enjoy the protection of standing orders in that respect. Of course, no such reference was made.
MR SPEAKER: That is very true.
Mr Corbell: I take a further point of order, Mr Speaker. Standing order 55 says:
All imputations of improper motives and all personal reflections on Members shall be considered highly disorderly.
Mr Speaker, I put it to you that the comments that the Chief Minister has just made reflect on me and my motives, and I would ask you to rule that as disorderly.
MR SPEAKER: Very well. Chief Minister, if the member objects - - -
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I have to say that those are the sorts of things Mr Berry says about me every single day.
MR SPEAKER: Yes; but, Chief Minister, if I may point out, at the risk of appearing biased, you are not Mr Berry.
MS CARNELL: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I am very pleased.
MR SPEAKER: Please withdraw it. If it is against Mr Corbell, withdraw it, Chief Minister.
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am happy to withdraw, but only because I want to get on with answering this question. I do not know what I am withdrawing, I have to tell you; but, whatever it might have been that upset Mr Corbell's sensitivities, I am very happy to withdraw it.
Mr Speaker, I am concerned that Mr Corbell did make some comments that the board of ACTEW could be somehow in collusion with the Government. I think that does reflect on the board of ACTEW. It is a board that I think is above reproach. Mr Speaker, those board members are people like Jim Service and Michael Easson, a well-known member of the Liberal Party - no, sorry; a well-known member of the Labor Party, Mr Speaker - and people like Bill Morris, a member of the ACT community who, I believe, is absolutely above reproach.
Mr Speaker, it was that board that put forward to me this week a resolution that I think made very clear the future direction that we need to take with ACTEW. I am happy to read into Hansard what they said. They said: