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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 2 Hansard (9 March) . . Page.. 428 ..

MR SPEAKER: I shall look at 118(a). At the moment, Mr Berry, I am looking at 117(d), and I am just wondering whether Mr Humphries should even bother to continue.

MR HUMPHRIES: I almost did not, Mr Speaker, because I think that answering questions like that just brings the tone of the Assembly down as a whole. Mr Speaker, let me make one other comment about the article in Woroni. It was not a tongue-in-cheek article. I am sorry; I do not accept that you can write something which propagandises for drinking and driving and then claim afterwards, when criticised, when attacked, "It was meant to be humorous". Mr Speaker, I have written plenty of humorous articles for Woroni in my time, and I can assure members that that article was not humorous.

MR BERRY: I ask a supplementary question. How does the Attorney-General explain his silence on the message conveyed to the community by his Chief Minister's drinking, driving, crashing and hasty departure from the scene demonstrated on the Federal Highway before the last election against the background of his mocking indignation over the Woroni argument?

MR SPEAKER: The question is out of order.

Research into Recreational Facilities

MR RUGENDYKE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, I understand that last week an employee of the Chief Minister's Department and a representative of Economic Research Associates were undertaking research of recreational facilities in the ACT. Economic Research Associates is an American consultancy with its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles. Previous projects include Tokyo Disneyland, Warner Brothers Movieworld in Germany and the San Francisco Giants baseball ballpark. Chief Minister, could you please advise the Assembly what business Economic Research Associates was conducting in Canberra and what it had to do with your department?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I will have to take that question on notice.

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.



MR SPEAKER: For the information of members, I present, pursuant to subsection 8(4) of the Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Act 1997, authorisations to broadcast given to a number of television networks in relation to the joint public hearing on the old Ainslie school of the Standing Committee on Education and Urban Services on 8 March 1999 (vision only) and the debate on the motion relating to the budget preparation for today, Tuesday, 9 March 1999.

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