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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (21 April) . . Page.. 1104 ..

MR BERRY: I am not reflecting on a vote of the Assembly. You are perfectly entitled to take a vote and I respect that. Mr Speaker, the Bill that I am talking about is a mirror image of an exposure draft which was circulated by the former Liberal Government before the last election - in 1997, in fact. It was circulated after long consultation with the industry, which gave rise to the development of the Bill. It was circulated and it was described as an exposure draft, Mr Speaker. That was in 1997. Before the last election the Liberals opposite had agreed to implement this legislation immediately after the election. But, of course, Mr Speaker, the election came and went and they lost interest in this particular piece of legislation. However - - -

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. You have made your short statement.

MR BERRY: No, Mr Speaker, I have not got to the Cabinet-in-confidence bit.

Mr Wood: There is no restriction on what he can say.

MR SPEAKER: Then get on with it.

MR BERRY: There are no restrictions, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Then get on with the Cabinet-in-confidence allegation.

MR BERRY: Mr Smyth raised - - -

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order.

MR SPEAKER: Excuse me; sit down, Mr Berry.

Mr Humphries: Mr Berry was clearly given leave by the house to make a statement in relation to a point of order - - -

MR BERRY: No, this matter.

Mr Moore: The matter of Cabinet-in-confidence.

MR BERRY: There it is. I am coming to that.

Mr Humphries: May I please be allowed to proceed? In relation to the point of order raised by Mr Smyth - - -

Mr Wood: You opened it up, you lot. It is your fault, if it is a fault.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, Mr Berry was given leave - - -

MR SPEAKER: It is getting late, is it not? I can guarantee that from the behaviour of the house.

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