Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 8 Hansard (29 October) . . Page.. 2430 ..
MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, what Mr Corbell did in the course of the debate on Tuesday, and in the media generally, was a quite outrageous misuse of information. The fact is, Mr Speaker, that Mr Corbell knew that the information - - -
Mr Corbell: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Humphries is reflecting on a vote of the Assembly.
MR SPEAKER: No, I do not - - -
Mr Corbell: Yes, he is, Mr Speaker. He should be warned not to do that.
MR SPEAKER: I do not accept that it was a vote of the Assembly but I would suggest that Mr Humphries might like to concentrate on the issue before us, please.
MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, that is what I am doing. I am not reflecting on the vote of the Assembly. Nonetheless, we have seen, absolutely clearly, an outrageous, deliberate and premeditated breach of - - -
Mr Corbell: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Humphries is imputing an improper motive on my part by suggesting that I have behaved in a deliberate way to be misleading. He is reflecting not only on a vote of the Assembly but also is highly disorderly in imputing an improper motive on my part and I would ask you, Mr Speaker, to direct him to withdraw.
MR SPEAKER: Just a moment, Mr Corbell. Mr Humphries did not name you in that last comment.
Mr Quinlan: Yes, he did.
MR SPEAKER: Just a moment. There is no point of order. If Mr Humphries refers to you by name then, most certainly, you should take objection. He did not mention any member's name. He made a general statement. I would like us all to get back and focus on Ms Tucker's motion, please.
MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I am not referring to yesterday's debate. I am referring to what happened outside the Assembly.
Mr Quinlan: I thought what happened outside the Assembly did not matter a tinker's yesterday.
MR HUMPHRIES: No, no. Mr Speaker, I am not referring to what happened in the Assembly yesterday. I am referring to what happened outside the Assembly, as is my entitlement. What happened outside the Assembly was an illustration of the kind of misinformation which we have seen from the Labor Party continuously throughout this debate, and it will be used again, again and again in the debate. I do not propose to give them another platform to simply sift through information, not to find the truth but to find what they can use to attack this proposal. That is all that this proposal is going to be used for and that is why I do not support it.