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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 4 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 890 ..

Ms Carnell: So you would do it, too? So you agree with us?

MR QUINLAN: I would do it. However, the question was asked, and it was stated that I had recommended or stated that there should be a cut of $100m. That is simply not true. I have been misrepresented. It is misinformation on what I have said, just as it is misinformation contained in the budget for $100m of borrowing. That misinformation is confirmed by the fact that you are so clumsy that the operating budget - - -

MR SPEAKER: Order! You are not to debate. You may explain matters of a personal nature, but do not debate the issue, Mr Quinlan.

MR QUINLAN: This is very personal. I am just trying to clarify the statements that I have made and that have been grossly misrepresented in this place. The budget figures for the operation of the streetlighting system of the ACT confirm that this is nothing more than borrowing on the part of the Government and that if ACTEW were delighted to take over the streetlighting system they would have to have rocks in their heads. They are the ones that ought to be looking at accounting.


MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer): Mr Speaker, I think that, for the interest of the Assembly, it would be very - - -

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, does the Chief Minister have leave to speak?

MR SPEAKER: No; she is - - -

MS CARNELL: I can make a statement. I am a Minister. I was last time I checked.

Mr Berry: No; you have to seek leave.

MR SPEAKER: Very well. Is leave granted?

Mr Berry: No. She can seek leave under standing order 46, like everybody else, for a personal explanation.

MS CARNELL: But it is not a personal explanation.

Mr Berry: If it is not a personal explanation, you will not be getting leave.

MS CARNELL: It is further information.

MR SPEAKER: She is seeking leave to speak.

Mr Berry: You can table the paper.

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