Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 3458 ..
MR STANHOPE: I have a supplementary question. In relation to the report of the Australia Institute, will the Chief Minister list the thousands of mistakes she told the Canberra Times the report contained, including what pages they are on? Will the Chief Minister table her department's critique of the Australia Institute's report to the extent that it shows the billion-dollar mistake?
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am more than happy to circulate it to members when it is done. We have not done a full critique yet, although we assumed that the superannuation committee that is chaired by Mr Quinlan would want a critique on the approach that has been taken in the Australia Institute report. We had every intention of providing that critique to Mr Quinlan's committee. If other members of the Assembly would like that critique as well, that is fine with us. Mr Speaker, the billion-dollar mistake is quite obvious in the report. You do not need to be an international or a local economist to work it out. You just have to be able to read. Mr Speaker, on page 45 of the report - - -
Mr Quinlan: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. This is not answering the question. This is going beyond the question.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope is not listening to the answer either.
Mr Moore: On the point of order, Mr Speaker: The question was: "Will you explain the billion-dollar mistake?". The Chief Minister is now explaining the billion-dollar mistake.
Mr Stanhope: I asked would she table the critique, Mr Moore.
MR SPEAKER: Order! The Chief Minister has indicated that if other members require a copy of the critique she is happy to provide that, as well as to provide it to Mr Quinlan's committee. That was correct, was it not, Chief Minister?
MS CARNELL: That is right, Mr Speaker, but I thought that those opposite wanted me to explain the thousands of mistakes. I thought we could now spend the rest of the day doing so. On the basis that we are in a hurry today, I am more than happy to provide the critique of the superannuation mistake. Basically, on page 45 of the report, the Australia Institute makes it quite clear. They have indicated that they have taken $400m out of ACTEW. Last year those opposite told us ACTEW could not afford $100m without going to the wall. I think that was the comment.
Mr Quinlan: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. We only need an answer to the question. Is that reasonable?
MR BERRY (2.36): Mr Speaker, pursuant to standing order 213, I move:
That the document quoted from by the Chief Minister be tabled.
Mr Humphries: Are you going to speak to the motion?
MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I do not think I need to speak to the motion. It is pretty clear.