Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 2 Hansard (19 May) . . Page.. 337 ..
MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, what can I say? It is curious, though, because the majority of new plates are actually issued through the motor dealers. Mr Kaine might like to take it up with the motor dealers as to the way that they offer choice.
Mr Kaine: I am taking it up with you as the Minister.
MR SMYTH: We only fill the orders as the motor dealers bring them in. You know that very well because you are a former Minister. It is curious because further into the Canberra Times article the motoring editor makes a couple of interesting observations, one of which is that there seems to be a market for the new plates and a market for the plain plates. older Canberrans seem to like them plain; younger Canberrans seem to like them with the slogan. In fact, he relates a story where a young lady who actually purchased a car had to ask for the new plates because they were the plates of her choice. I have taken into consideration what you have said and have decided that the system is fine as it is.
Mr Kaine: Would you now like to answer my supplementary questions, Minister, because you did not address them.
MR SMYTH: I answered them.
MR BERRY: My question is to the Chief Minister and it is in relation to the Kinlyside development.
Ms Carnell: The secret deal!
Mr Hird: Yes, that you expected.
MR SPEAKER: Order!
MR BERRY: Give me a bit of space, Mr Speaker, so that the Chief Minister can hear my question and make an attempt at answering it. When did Mr Whitcombe first approach the Chief Minister in relation to his proposal for the Kinlyside development? That is a fairly straightforward question.
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I think it is actually a very interesting question on when Mr Whitcombe approached a lot of members in this house with regard to that. I can understand why, Mr Berry. Mr Speaker, as you have rightly said, when you answer a question in this place it is important to put all of the information on the table. Mr Whitcombe approached me, I have to say, over 12 months ago. And guess when he approached the previous Leader of the Opposition. I think it was in May 1997 - more than a year ago, Mr Speaker. Yes, he approached me before May of last year. I think it was in about February. Then he went off and decided to talk to almost everybody who was in the house at the time.