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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 8 Hansard (28 October) . . Page.. 2389 ..

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Make your comments relevant to the matter before the house, Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: I am, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker. It is on the matter of whether I misled this Assembly - - -

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: The matter before the house is the Berry amendment, and that is where you should address your remarks.

MR CORBELL: Absolutely, the amendment and the substantive motion, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker. The minutes lost due to power outages and failure in Melbourne was 112.5 and - - -


Mr Humphries: Mr Corbell continues to defy your ruling. You have said that only these - - -

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: My ruling, Mr Corbell, is that the matter before the house is the Berry amendment. Address your remarks to the amendment, Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: I seek your guidance on whether I can also speak to the substantive motion.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: A member who has already spoken to the original question prior to the moving of an amendment may speak to the question on the amendment, I have been advised, according to House of Representatives Practice, Third Edition. So, speak to the amendment.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker; I will do that. I thank you for your guidance on that. Let us have a look at Mr Berry's point about the 175 major customers already lost. That was a comment made by the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister has been running about this town attempting to justify the fact that ACTEW should be sold because ACTEW has lost 175 major customers. She said this not once, not twice, but over the period of a fortnight. She released information which the chief executive of ACTEW said should not be released because it was commercial-in-confidence. But she released it, and when she did release it she quoted it incorrectly. She quoted it incorrectly. That is not something that was done by me in the matter of the substantive censure. I quoted my figures correctly and accurately. The Chief Minister could not even do that.

Let us look at exactly what she said. She said that 175 major customers had been lost. Who were these 175 major customers? They included the manager's flat at the AIS and they included the scoreboard at Bruce Stadium. How can this Government expect to have any credibility on this issue, any credibility at all, when they claim that the manager's flat at the Australian Institute of Sport is a major contract lost by ACTEW?

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