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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 8 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 2505 ..

MR SPEAKER: No, it was not that, Mr Kaine. In fact, I was happy to allow Mr Berry to ask his question as he did. It is an interjection from Mr Corbell that I am asking to be withdrawn.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, the interjection was totally inappropriate. Again I make the comment that Mr Murphy does many things in the city, including significant work for the Catholic Church and other charities in this city. I come back to the answer to the question involved. It is my advice that the headline was absolutely right. I was not involved in this in any way at all. My understanding is that the issue of the trailer and Mr Murphy was handled in exactly the same way as it would have been handled for Mr Corbell, Mr Stanhope or Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: This is a supplementary question to the Chief Minister. Is it appropriate for Mr Murphy to represent the ACT as the head of CanTrade against the background of this absolutely inappropriate largesse with taxpayers' money?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, is Mr Berry saying that because Mr Murphy had a sign outside Market Cellars that makes him an inappropriate person to run CanTrade? Mr Speaker, I think we have slid to a very interesting position here. As we know, the issue with the trailer was a sign that Mr Murphy has had in that particular place for a very long time. In fact, that is just a ridiculous - - -

Mr Berry: It is about petty corruption.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I have really reached the end of my tether with comments by Mr Berry. Mr Berry has just made a reference to corruption.

MR SPEAKER: I did hear that.

Mr Berry: It is only on a small scale. It is only $600. I said "petty".

MR SPEAKER: Withdraw it.

Mr Berry: I did say "petty corruption", Mr Speaker, not "real corruption".

MR SPEAKER: Withdraw it, please.

Mr Berry: Withdraw what? Something has gone wrong somewhere.

MR SPEAKER: Withdraw the word "corruption".

Mr Berry: The law has been corrupted here. He should have paid.

MR SPEAKER: Come along. That is a very serious allegation against somebody who cannot defend himself.

Ms Carnell: What law?

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