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development. You do not like the fact that the Assembly vote was with the Government that we should proceed with this. When you cannot get the decision, you go for the process.

It might have been going too far to suggest that the discussion paper itself was independent. The consultant was clearly asked to reflect both the Government's and the Assembly's view of rural residential development. I would regret any confusion that this has caused. But what we have here is a clear process. There is nothing untoward in this process. The process has gone along clearly to implement the Assembly's resolution that we should have rural residential development. There are those in this place who do not like it. There are those in this place who voted against it.

Mr Stanhope: We just want it to be independent.

Mr Berry: We want somebody to tell us the truth. Do not lie to us.

MR SMYTH: No, there is absolutely no need for an independent study to implement government policy. If you want to come and help the Government develop policy, you can come and join - - -

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Mr Berry has used the word "liar" in this debate. He knows that is not parliamentary and I ask him to withdraw it.

Mr Berry: Do not mislead us deliberately.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Berry, withdraw that too, please.

Mr Berry: No, that is the substantive motion before the house, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: You used the word "mislead", I thought.

Mr Berry: Yes. That is what the motion says.

Mr Stanhope: Yes, it is a censure motion.

Mr Berry: It is a censure motion about misleading.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, but you were not referring to the motion before the house.

Mr Berry: Well, I sort of was. It is the one about - - -

Mr Quinlan: We are just referring to him.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Corbell was heard in silence. This is an important motion and I think that the Minister deserves to be heard in silence as well.

Mr Quinlan: Can he answer the question then?

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