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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 130 ..

Mr Quinlan: We did.

MR HUMPHRIES: No, you did not say it to me. I will table the letter later. Mr Stanhope said, "I am not telling you what I am going to do. You will find out when Mr Hargreaves goes in to the Justice and Community Safety Committee". You refused to indicate your position. You were sidestepping.

Mr Stanhope: I gave you the form of words we would support.

MR HUMPHRIES: I would be happy to table the correspondence, where it is perfectly clear that that is the case, Mr Speaker. He said, and I quote almost exactly the words that he used, "You will find out the Labor Party's position on this subject when the matter is next discussed by the Justice and Community Safety Committee".

Mr Stanhope: Nonsense! That is crap.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Withdraw that, please.

MR HUMPHRIES: Fine, okay. I will table the letters. If you give me permission to table those letters from you to me which you expressed to be confidential, then I am happy to do that. I will lay them on the table. The information is perfectly clear. The Government is prepared to face this issue and discuss it. As usual, members on the other side of this place were unwilling to come down and discuss the issues, preferring instead just to bash the Government rather than have a position of their own on those issues.

Mr Hird: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. I heard the word "crap" used by the Leader of the Opposition, which shocked me, and I would ask him to withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: Whether it shocked you or not, it is unparliamentary. I heard it too. Please withdraw it, Mr Stanhope.

Mr Stanhope: I am happy to withdraw it. I beg everybody's pardon, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

MR OSBORNE: I seek leave to make a personal explanation on behalf of the - - -

Mr Kaine: After question time.

MR SPEAKER: No. I will give him leave to make a personal explanation and then Mr Kaine has the call.

Mr Berry: After question time.

MR OSBORNE: It is in relation to this question, Mr Speaker. It is about this issue.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, I understand that.

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