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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 2730 ..

MS CARNELL (continuing):

In both circumstances the people of Canberra will benefit from a stream of income tax and sales tax equivalents. Mr Quinlan just said, and rightly so, that the money is retained by ACTEW. There is no stream of revenue, not one dollar. Again, it was a straight mislead. I do not think there is any doubt about this. I am giving those opposite an opportunity to hop up, say they are sorry, correct the record, or, I have to say, take the consequences.

Mr Corbell: I take a point of order, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker. The Chief Minister suggests that both Mr Quinlan and I misled the Assembly. She can do that only by way of substantive motion. I would invite you, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, to request her to withdraw that suggestion.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, I do not uphold your point of order. The reason I do not uphold your point of order - - -

MS CARNELL: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, to make it easier, I am happy to withdraw those comments; but I ask members opposite to read the Hansard carefully and respond at the next sitting period. Taking into account the lateness of the hour, I withdraw any view that either have misled, but please read the Hansard, because there are very strict rules and requirements in this area.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you, Chief Minister, for doing that. Let me finish with this point of order of Mr Corbell's. The reason I ruled the way I did is the fact that we are now into the adjournment debate and under the standing orders members can traverse any number of subjects they wish. As I understand it, the Chief Minister has withdrawn the words you took issue with. The consequences, if any, are up to individual members.

Mr Berry: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, can I just speak on that point of order? That ruling sets a dangerous precedent. I do not mind if - - -

Ms Carnell: I withdrew.

Mr Berry: Yes, I know you have withdrawn, but the Temporary Deputy Speaker is on the record as ruling in a certain way in relation to Mr Corbell's point of order. I just ask you to reconsider that ruling, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Berry. I think the alignment of members is what Mr Corbell took issue with. That part was withdrawn by the Chief Minister.

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