Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (1 September) . . Page.. 1642 ..
MR BERRY (continuing):
Lest somebody should forget what I just said, I repeat "shall not be party to their breach, evasion, or subversion". Chief Minister, I recommend that you take a look at the Crimes Act in relation to the procurement of documents from other government departments. I recommend that you take a look at the Crimes Act in relation to conspiracy. I recommend that you look at the Federal Crimes Act in relation to aiding and abetting - - -
Mr Humphries: Is there a question, Mr Speaker, or is it a speech?
MR BERRY: The chief law officer has admitted he received documents which breach, evade or subvert the law, the same words as in your code of conduct. Chief Minister, you will also recall, as my colleague has pointed out, that the Commonwealth Minister for Justice has in the past admitted to returning documents that she had received.
Mr Humphries: Some documents.
MR BERRY: At least, Mr Humphries, she has admitted to returning some. That is nothing you could ever be guilty of. Chief Minister, as the chief advocate of your code of conduct, what have you done to ensure that this Minister is called to account for his breach of your new code of conduct?
MS CARNELL: Mr Humphries has not breached the code, nor has he broken the law.
MR BERRY: My supplementary question is directed to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, is it not about time we treated your code of conduct with the contempt it deserves and tore it up and threw it in the bin? Why have a code of conduct if you are not going to bother to enforce it?
MS CARNELL: One could say, Mr Speaker: Why do those opposite not have a code of conduct at all?
MR HARGREAVES: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and thank you, those opposite, for the entertainment this afternoon. I address my question to the Minister for Health and Community Care. Can the Minister confirm that on 6 October this year the contract - - -
Mr Corbell: Of last year, I think, John.
MR HARGREAVES: No.
Ms Carnell: We have not had a 6 October.
Mr Stefaniak: We have not had one of those yet.