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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 8 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 2335 ..

MR HIRD (continuing):

looking very hard at his current position! I think that the delegation did a wonderful job and deserves a pat on the back. I did have the honour of speaking at the conference on behalf of one of our former advisers and it was a privilege to do so.


Report No. 2 - Men's Health Services

MR WOOD: I seek leave to present extracts of the minutes of proceedings of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Care in its report on men's health. I did not table them when I presented the report this morning, so I seek leave to do so now.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: I table those extracts.


Motion (by Mr Humphries ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Kennelling Costs

MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (5.24): I wish to make a comment with regard to Mr Corbell and I am a bit disappointed that he is not here. However, I will still proceed down that line. My understanding is that at question time - I am pleased that Mr Corbell is now here; maybe he will correct me - Mr Corbell interjected very firmly that he had never named a public servant or identified a public servant. I believe the term he used was "named a public servant". The question related to an article in the Canberra Times at the time. Mr Corbell's press release of yesterday, I presume - it is dated 23 August - headed "Carnell Government pays former executive's dog kennelling tab", includes the words "Copies of the relevant documentation are attached" in the last paragraph and the very first page of the confidential minute on the document that was attached does identify a public servant. In other words, it quite clearly did identify a public servant.

My point is that had a Minister claimed in this Assembly that they did not identify a public servant under such circumstances and such a paper was tabled, I think the Assembly would be saying, "We expect you to stand down for misleading the Assembly". I am giving Mr Corbell the opportunity to correct the statement he made in the Assembly because, in fact, his press release as a whole, including the attachments, did clearly identify the public servant; so it was through Mr Corbell's doing that that public servant's name appeared in the paper.

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