Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (1 September) . . Page.. 1663 ..
Ms Carnell: What have we privatised so far, Gary?
MR HUMPHRIES: That is a very good question. What have we privatised so far, this supposedly privatisation-bent Government? Mr Stanhope cannot name anything, I dare say.
Mr Stanhope: Well, you would privatise this except that Mr Moore is against you.
MR HUMPHRIES: In other words, nothing.
Mr Stanhope: Except that your Cabinet is divided. Except that you do not have the numbers. You lost the numbers.
MR HUMPHRIES: Can you give me anything, Mr Corbell?
Mr Corbell: You have not had the numbers before and you know it.
MR HUMPHRIES: I cannot hear you, Mr Corbell. Speak up, Mr Corbell. I cannot hear you. His voice is normally so loud.
Ms Tucker: I take a point of order, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker.
Mr Corbell: You have not had the numbers before and you know it. I am quite happy to engage the Attorney-General in a debate if he wants to have a debate.
MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The Attorney-General will resume his seat.
Ms Tucker: I want to point out that under standing order 42 members should address you, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker.
MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you. I uphold the point of order.
MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, let me make the point that the argument that has been put here today is that we are hell-bent on privatisation, that we need to have a report to justify what we are trying to do, that therefore we have rigged this report, in particular, to produce the desired outcome, and we have somehow lined up our mates within PKF Consulting. I have never met anybody in PKF Consulting.
Ms Carnell: No, neither have I.
MR HUMPHRIES: Neither has the Chief Minister. But, somehow, we have mates there who will do us the right report because we want them to. The reasons have not been specified, the means have not been specified, but somehow we are getting to this strange position where we can produce this desired result, based on the axiomatic proposition that our support for privatisation means we have to have reports that produce that outcome.