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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (17 February) . . Page.. 233 ..

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: Mr Berry, as is his usual practice, has made a quite serious allegation about conflict of interest - - -

Mr Moore: He still has not sat down, either.

MR BERRY: I cannot. I am just too keen.

MR SPEAKER: There was certainly an inference there.

Mr Humphries: A very serious inference that Mrs Carnell was involved in something which was corrupt. The record will show that Mrs Carnell stepped aside from the decision. Her pharmacy obtained virtually no benefit - in fact, no benefit whatsoever - from the expansion of the methadone program in that way. Mr Speaker, I think it is entirely appropriate that Mr Berry withdraw any allegation he has made.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, I think that is true.

MR BERRY: I never made any allegations about corruption - - -

MR SPEAKER: As long as you withdraw.

MR BERRY: I have got nothing to withdraw.

Mr Humphries: You should withdraw.

Mr Moore: Withdraw.

Mr Humphries: Come on, withdraw.

MR BERRY: The fact of the matter is that her Government made a decision - - -

Mr Humphries: You have made an unparliamentary allegation - - -

MR BERRY: Okay, I withdraw that. Let me say this - - -

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Now, can we get on with the debate, please?

MR BERRY: The Liberal Government made a decision to subsidise the pharmacy industry, of which Mrs Carnell is a part.

Mr Moore: She stood aside from it.

MR BERRY: Okay; that is fine. I accept that.

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: I have been entertained quite a lot by those opposite and by some of the stuff that has been going backwards and forwards, but I am having an awful lot of difficulty listening in because of the chatter that is coming across the chamber.

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