Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 3 Hansard (24 March) . . Page.. 760 ..
Ms Carnell: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. This is not a personal explanation.
MR SPEAKER: Order! We are now drifting beyond the personal explanation, thank you, Mr Kaine.
MR KAINE: Well, I make it quite clear, Mr Speaker. I am in no way embarrassed, but the Chief Minister ought to be because she demonstrates her incompetence daily.
MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation pursuant to standing order 46.
MR SPEAKER: Yes.
MR BERRY: Thank you, Mr Speaker. During question time Mr Moore made the point, if I can recall it correctly, that the Assembly forced the Labor Government to issue quarterly reports in relation to health performance figures. That, as I recall it, was an initiative of the Labor Government, and me in particular. To save those people who examine the chronicle of these events the problem of looking right back, I would say, Mr Speaker, that it was this Assembly that forced the release of financial reports, and that brought about the resignation of the board chair and ultimately the board.
MR HARGREAVES: I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.
MR SPEAKER: Yes.
MR HARGREAVES: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and thank you, members. In response to the dorothy dixer from Mr Hird, the Minister for Urban Services said - I will not be able to quote exactly because I have not seen the transcript - that members of the Labor Party did not live anywhere near the Dennis Street area of Garran where the problems with the traffic calming measures are arising. I would like the record to show, Mr Speaker, that a former address of mine was 107 Gilmore Crescent, Garran. As you would know, Gilmore Crescent is parallel to Dennis Street. I have many friends there, Mr Speaker; more friends, I suspect, in the one house than the Minister can count on his hands. Indeed, I found the implication offensive and I would ask the Minister to withdraw it.
Furthermore, the Minister implied that my colleagues and I had contra views, Mr Speaker. We were representing a constituency and I found it offensive that the Minister would cast aspersions on that.
Ms Carnell: It does not matter what you find offensive. It is not a personal explanation.
Mr Hird: Just say your mate got it right. That is all you have to say.
MR HARGREAVES: I await the withdrawal.
Ms Carnell: Do not be stupid.