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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 1927 ..

MS CARNELL (continuing):

The Government's management has resulted in some significant achievements which indicate an improving and healthier social environment. Despite Federal cutbacks, there are more Canberrans in jobs now than at any time since the Howard Government came to office. There are more jobs advertised every week in the Canberra Times than at any time since 1991. Average weekly earnings have increased by 16 per cent under Carnell governments - since the March quarter 1995 - compared with a national increase of just 11 per cent over the same period.

Mr Humphries: Look at the long faces over there about it all. Anyone would think that it was the worst news you could hear.

Mr Stanhope: What was that? Is this true?

Mr Moore: No wonder you have got to lie about it, Jon.

MR SPEAKER: Settle down. I cannot hear the Chief Minister.

Mr Stanhope: Did you just call me a liar, Mr Moore?

MS CARNELL: You call me that all the time.

Mr Quinlan: On the basis of facts. There is a difference.

Mr Stanhope: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Moore has started the day today by calling me a liar. I know that he cannot contain himself.

Mr Humphries: You started yesterday by calling her a liar.

Mr Berry: But that is true.

MR SPEAKER: Please contain yourselves. I did not hear it.

Mr Stanhope: I did.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Moore, please withdraw it, if you did say so. I did not hear you say it.

Mr Stanhope: He did, but he has not got the integrity to acknowledge it.

Mr Moore: Mr Speaker, I am not speaking. Mrs Carnell is the one on her feet. I am just sitting here minding my own business. If Mr Stanhope sees himself as a liar, I can understand that.

Mr Stanhope: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Moore called across the chamber to me, "You're a liar". He has now just stood up and denied it.

Mr Moore: No, I did not.

Mr Stanhope: His denial is another lie.

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