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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 3460 ..

MR SPEAKER: Ring the bells.

The bells being rung -

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I am advised by Mr Osborne's staff that Mr Osborne is not in the building at the moment.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Lock the doors.

Question put:

That the motion (Mr Berry's) be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 6		 NOES, 10

Mr Berry	Ms Carnell
Mr Corbell	Mr Cornwell
Mr Hargreaves	Mr Hird
Mr Quinlan	Mr Humphries
Mr Stanhope	Mr Kaine
Mr Wood		Mr Moore
		Mr Rugendyke
		Mr Smyth
		Mr Stefaniak
		Ms Tucker
Question so resolved in the negative.

ACT Finances - Role of Auditor-General

MR HIRD: My question is to the Chief Minister. Is the Chief Minister aware of comments made by the Labor Party in today's Canberra Times about the role of the Auditor-General, and a demand by the Opposition that he explain himself over a report he delivered to this parliament on Tuesday? Does the Chief Minister believe that the Auditor-General has acted outside his role in commenting upon the state of the Territory's finances?

Mr Corbell: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. This asks for an expression of opinion and it is entirely out of order.

Mr Hird: It does not.

Ms Carnell: Do not be silly.

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