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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 2685 ..

Mr Berry: I rise on a point of order. I do not mind the Chief Minister spending her time writing a biography about members of the Labor Party and their past views, but she was not asked to do that by the questioner. She was asked to answer a question about whether she has misled the Territory or not, and her answer so far has been unconvincing.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order. The Chief Minister is developing - - -

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, on the point of order: I have to draw your attention to standing order 58 which says:

A Member shall not digress from the subject matter of any question ...

I think the Chief Minister was a long way from the subject matter of the question and I have to ask you to reconsider your ruling.

MR SPEAKER: No, she is - - -

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, the question was about Mr Stanhope's call for an open and honest debate on this issue. This is totally relevant.


Mr Berry: I think you should get Mr Hird to read his question again. Mrs Carnell has misheard him. He asked Mrs Carnell whether she had misled the ACT community and she has not addressed that question. I can see why she would not have.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, none of these are points of order.

MR SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order. Mrs Carnell is developing her argument as she sees fit.

Members interjected.

MS CARNELL: It will be over much quicker if those opposite - - -

MR SPEAKER: Will both sides of the house please be quiet while Mrs Carnell finishes her answer.

MS CARNELL: Mr Corbell was at it again on ABC radio, claiming that ACTEW was not able to bid for interstate electricity business. An hour later - - -

Mr Berry: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: She is at it again. I did not hear Mr Hird even mention Mr Corbell.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, it will not be a point of order. The last three have not been.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order.

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