Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 5 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 1366 ..
MR SPEAKER: Careful. This is a personal explanation.
Mr Rugendyke: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. We have heard a lot about rumours and deals. These rumours imply that I am involved with Mr Osborne and this alleged deal with the Government. I unequivocally state that there has been no deal done with the Government. It is simply sour grapes, Mr Speaker, because they could not prove their case yesterday.
MR SPEAKER: Order! Sit down. There is no point of order, Mr Rugendyke.
MR BERRY: You should have listened to the advice yesterday, Mr Rugendyke. Have a look at the standing orders before you - - -
MR SPEAKER: Order!
MR BERRY: Yes, I did mention a deal. I said I had no proof of it, but I repeat that I think there is enough smoke around to make people worry.
MR SPEAKER: All right, that is enough. You have made a personal explanation. You are now going beyond the bounds of that.
Mr Rugendyke: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I ask that Mr Berry withdraw that.
MR SPEAKER: Did you mention Mr Rugendyke?
MR BERRY: I did not mention him.
Mr Rugendyke: Yes, he did.
MR BERRY: No, I did not. I mentioned smoke. I cannot withdraw that.
MR SPEAKER: I do not think Mr Rugendyke was mentioned.
MR BERRY: I used to be able to do the drawback. I have given it up.
MR SPEAKER: No, I do not think Mr Rugendyke was mentioned.
Mr Osborne: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. Clearly Mr Berry, by saying there is a lot of smoke around, is implying that there is some truth in the story, and I would like that withdrawn. I made it quite clear when I stood up here that there was no deal done on the censure motion yesterday. What language would you like it in, Mr Berry?
MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, all I have said is that I do not believe him.
MR SPEAKER: Thank you.