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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (1 September) . . Page.. 1637 ..

Ms Tucker: I did not say that.

MS CARNELL: You said this morning that we did not need the $10m. You voted against the Bill. If you voted against the Bill, then you are basically saying you do not want the $10m. It is all very well for those opposite and those on the crossbenches to oppose every revenue-raising measure we put on the table and to oppose every cost reduction we put on the table, but it is a bit rich when they then say that somehow we have to find extra money for this.

Mr Berry: I take a point of order on the ground of relevance.

MR SPEAKER: I think it is relevant.

Ms Tucker: I take a point of order under standing order 47. I have just been misrepresented again. I did clarify this.

MR SPEAKER: Not yet. You can speak at the end of question time if you wish.

Possession of Document

MR WOOD: My question is to Mr Humphries. Mr Humphries, on ABC radio last Friday I heard Amanda Vanstone say that when she was shadow Attorney-General she returned to the rightful owner any government documents that were leaked to her. As the ACT's Attorney-General, why did you not take the same principled approach when you illegally received the Ayers report?

MR HUMPHRIES: First of all, Senator Vanstone did not say that she had returned all documents she received. She said there was one particular occasion when she received a bundle of documents from the Attorney-General's Department which she returned. Members need to be aware that I worked with Senator Vanstone at that time and I know exactly what occurred. I can assure you that Senator Vanstone is no different to any other politician.

Mr Wood: It was more than once. She made it quite clear, did she not? It was more than one occasion, was it not, that she was talking about?

MR SPEAKER: Order! You have asked a question, Mr Wood. Mr Humphries is now answering it.

Mr Wood: No, he is twisting it.

MR HUMPHRIES: No, Mr Speaker, I am not twisting it. I heard what Senator Vanstone said. I was sitting there listening attentively to what she was saying. She did not say she returned documents on all occasions. I am not going to talk out of school, but I will say that on that particular occasion that is indeed what she did.

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