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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 2687 ..

MS CARNELL (continuing):

over the next four years, ACTEW will pay the Territory $215m if it is able to maintain its dividend targets. Again, that leaves Mr Berry $285m short of the mark. If we take into account the past and the future, in one little brochure that Mr Berry is very proud of, he managed to be $450m wrong. Not a bad effort, Mr Speaker!

Mr Moore: And he wanted to be Chief Minister and Treasurer.

MS CARNELL: That is an interesting thing that Mr Moore talks about. He wanted to be Chief Minister. It is actually not a bad effort for a man who produced - and it is the anniversary today - "Working Capital".

Mr Corbell: I raise a point of order. Mr Speaker, I draw your attention to standing order 118(b), which states:

The answer to a question without notice:

... ... ...

shall not debate the subject to which the question refers ...

The Chief Minister is doing just that and I would ask you to direct her to comply with the standing orders.

MR SPEAKER: I have to uphold the point of order. The Chief Minister is answering the question, I believe, quite adequately from the Chair's perspective - not necessarily the Opposition's. What I am saying is that she does not need assistance from other members in the Government.

Mr Berry: But you could order her to wind up, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. I am sure she is coming to an end.

MS CARNELL: I have to tell you that you have taken longer in your points of order than I have taken on the answer so far. Mr Speaker, that is not a bad effort, I would have to say, from Mr Berry when today is the anniversary of "Working Capital". It is an interesting document, and one that Labor Party's own sources - - -

Mr Corbell: I rise on a point of order. Mr Speaker, the Chief Minister is again debating the subject. I did not hear "Working Capital" referred to at all in Mr Hird's question.

MS CARNELL: I can understand their embarrassment, Mr Speaker.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: The Chief Minister is still debating the point and I would ask you to direct her not to do so.

MR SPEAKER: Please, Chief Minister.

MS CARNELL: I am not at all.

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