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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 2 Hansard (11 March) . . Page.. 601 ..

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MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Community Safety and Minister Assisting the Treasurer): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, yesterday I heard Mr Corbell on ABC radio saying that I, as Minister for Planning, had introduced a draft variation to settle the route for the John Dedman Parkway. That was what was said, and we have a transcript coming to say that. It was what was said. I thought so.

Mr Corbell: I am not sure, but if you have got a transcript I will believe you.

MR HUMPHRIES: Yes, I am sure of what you said, Mr Corbell. It was said that I had introduced a variation. I did no such thing as Minister for Planning - - -

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: Are personal explanations not generally in relation to matters which have occurred in the chamber? This is about something which was said outside of the place.

MR SPEAKER: Standing order 46 reads:

Having obtained leave from the Chair, a Member may explain matters of a personal nature, although there is no question before the Assembly; but such matters may not be debated.

It makes no reference to where this was. Please continue, Mr Humphries.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, in a press release, Mr Corbell has equated my announcement in 1997 as Minister for Planning that I supported the recommendations of the Maunsell study, that there should be a process put in place to settle the route for the road, with the decision announced this week by the present Minister for planning, Mr Smyth, that the Government will introduce a draft variation to the Territory Plan to effect that. But they are quite separate matters, and it is quite false to say that I did what Mr Smyth has already done this week.

MR CORBELL: I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

Leave granted.

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