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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 8 Hansard (28 October) . . Page.. 2388 ..


MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! It being 5.00 pm, I propose the question:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Humphries: I require the question to be put forthwith without debate.

Question resolved in the negative.

Motion of Censure

Debate resumed.

MR CORBELL: Let us look at Melbourne, which is what I went on to say further on in the debate, in the same context. The rate of outages was 112.5 minutes and 170.2 minutes.

Mr Humphries: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, I have to rise to order.

MR CORBELL: You do not like it, do you, Gary?

Mr Humphries: No, I do not like it, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, and I have to come back and say - - -

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Is it a point of order?

Mr Humphries: Yes, it is a point of order. Mr Corbell cannot justify quoting figures out of context in his speech yesterday by quoting other figures which may be in context. That does not support his contention. The issue, again, is either what the Opposition has said about those figures on outages in Victoria or, according to this amendment, what we have said about businesses that ACTEW has won and lost. Those things are relevant to this debate; other things are not.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, direct your remarks to the question before the house.

MR CORBELL: There is clearly no point of order because, quite sensibly, this Assembly should view my comments in the context in which they were made, and that is what I am arguing here this afternoon. If we were listening from the Government's perspective, we have to accept that that is the way that they hear things; but that is not necessarily the way that other members of this place hear things, and they need to hear the total context of what I said. That is why I am using these figures and I am entitled to argue my comments in the context in which they were made, and that is what I am doing.

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