Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (22 April) . . Page.. 1176 ..
MR BERRY: I am not debating the issue.
MR SPEAKER: Hitherto you have been within standing orders, but you cannot debate it.
MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I did receive a letter from one particular person that I wrote to, or organisation that I wrote to.
Mr Humphries: I take a point of order. Mr Speaker, I have to press this point of order. Mr Berry obviously wants to read a letter into the record, but this is not in accordance with standing order 46.
MR SPEAKER: If Mr Berry wants to do that he can ask for leave to table it.
MR BERRY: I will seek leave to read it into the record.
Mr Moore: We are not interested.
MR BERRY: Don't give me leave then. I seek leave to read it into the record.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Berry, the Clerk has also advised me that you can use the adjournment debate for this. You do not have to use this - - -
MR BERRY: I know that, but I seek leave to read it into the record in response to question time. Do I have leave or not?
Mr Moore: No.
Mr Humphries: No.
MR SPEAKER: Is leave granted? No, leave is not granted. Thank you. You can use the adjournment debate.
MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services): Mr Speaker, I wish, under standing order 46, to make an explanation.
MR SPEAKER: Proceed.
MR SMYTH: Mr Corbell has put out a press release this morning saying that he was to receive a 4,000 strong petition from representatives of the Canberra International Dragway calling on the ACT Government to honour its commitment - - -
Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. Mr Smyth is unable to debate the issue in relation to this. He is debating the substance of a press release issued by my colleague.
MR SPEAKER: No, he is not debating, as far as I am aware. He has referred to a media release. Mr Smyth will not, however, be debating this matter.