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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 4 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 1055 ..

MR SMYTH: I say to our colleagues from New Zealand: You can see that there is a lot of passion about the "Feel the Power of Canberra" slogan. On this side of the house, we wear it with pride, because we understand that "Feel the Power of Canberra" is an encompassing slogan that takes in things like the cultural power of Canberra and the spiritual power of Canberra - - -

Mr Kaine: Will you answer my question, Minister?

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: The standing orders require the Minister to speak to and address the Chair rather than the gallery.

MR SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, through you, I say to our visitors: The issue concerning "Feel the Power of Canberra" is about really being in touch with what goes on in this place as a city - - -

Mr Kaine: On a point of order, Mr Speaker - - -

MR SPEAKER: Order! The house will come to order; otherwise, somebody in the chamber will be feeling the power of the Chair.

Mr Kaine: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. It was not the visitors who asked the question - - -

MR SPEAKER: No, indeed it was not.

Mr Kaine: It was me.

Rural Residential Development

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. It relates to her answers to a question from Mr Berry on Tuesday - I am sure that Mr Rugendyke is looking forward to this - about the failed Hall rural residential affair. Chief Minister, you gave two answers on Tuesday when asked why the deal fell through. Firstly, you reaffirmed your earlier assertion that the status of the leases was central to the agreement and was therefore central to the deal's failure, and that it was Mr Whitcombe, apparently in a phone call, who pulled out. Then, in response to the supplementary question from Mr Berry, you claimed:

No, Mr Speaker; it failed because those opposite would not let it go ahead. Those opposite put the mocker on what was going to be a good program for Canberra.

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