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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (2 July) . . Page.. 2094 ..

MR SPEAKER: Would you mind withdrawing that?

MR BERRY: Withdrawing what?

MR SPEAKER: The term "reprehensible behaviour". The Chief Minister has asked that it be withdrawn.

MR BERRY: Okay, I will withdraw it, but I will prove my case later on. I will come back to it.

Ms Carnell: You can't.

MR BERRY: Yes, I can.

Ms Carnell: You'll be ruled out of order every time.

MR SPEAKER: That is right.

MR BERRY: No, no, it is not out of order. Have a look at the English dictionary. I will bring it back down and raise the point later on.

MR SPEAKER: Come on, let us get on with it.

MR BERRY: I will withdraw it for the moment.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

MR BERRY: I am sure my staff are listening and are looking for it right now. They will be back later. Mr Speaker, yesterday the Chief Minister was censured over the activities surrounding the financing of Bruce Stadium. That is the finding of some guilt. There is no way of avoiding that, Mr Speaker, and there is no way of drawing a sensible comparison between her behaviour in relation to management of the finances of the Territory and the behaviour of the judiciary in relation to this matter. How can you draw a comparison? The only sensible comparison that you could possibly find is that the judiciary, on the one hand, has found a problem within its own purview. We found a problem within our own purview but did not take it seriously enough. They are the sensible comparisons. We are the end of the line when it comes to dealing with the Chief Minister for her behaviour in relation to managing the finances in the Territory. Now, on the one hand, there is a group in this place who think the Chief Minister's behaviour was so serious as to warrant a censure. They found her guilty of unacceptable behaviour.

Ms Carnell: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order again. What the censure motion was for was my lack of ensuring that the handling of the finances of Bruce Stadium occurred appropriately, as far as I - - -

MR SPEAKER: I am getting very tired of this and I am going to name somebody if this nonsense keeps going.

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