Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (13 October) . . Page.. 3075 ..
MR SPEAKER: I am waiting for this.
MS TUCKER: This is a very necessary preamble. After that debate, there was a retraction made by Minister Smyth. Last night on the news, Mr Smyth made a statement which was obviously made before the retraction which was not consistent with the retraction. In light of the outrage that has just been shown by Mrs Carnell at Mr Corbell's alleged misleading of the ACT community - - -
MR SPEAKER: To whom is the question directed?
MS TUCKER: The question is to the Chief Minister. I apologise.
MR SPEAKER: Thank you.
MS TUCKER: The question is to the Chief Minister regarding the matter of appropriate behaviour. Considering the Chief Minister's outrage at Mr Corbell's misleading of the ACT community and the demands for an apology and a retraction, will the Chief Minister equally make those demands of Minister Smyth to publicly retract and apologise to the ACT community - on I think Prime Television, but one of the television news last night - where Mr Smyth's statement was totally inconsistent with his withdrawal later?
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am very happy to answer that question. Mr Smyth already did. The moment he knew that there was a - - -
Ms Tucker: No, on the media.
MS CARNELL: The moment he knew that there was a - - -
Mr Berry: What a load of garbage!
MR SPEAKER: Order! The house will come to order.
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, the moment Mr Smyth knew that there was a problem in the information that he had provided to the house, he got up in this place on the - - -
Mr Stanhope: Did you ring Prime, Brendan, and withdraw?
Mr Moore: Name him.
MR SPEAKER: Be careful; I may just do that. I am a little tired of the interjections and attempts to gag ministers answering questions.
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, the moment Mr Smyth knew that there was a problem, he came into this place and corrected on the public record the statement he had made. The media sits straight up there, Mr Speaker. They are online. They listen to what happens in this place. So retractions and apologies made in this place, as you, I am sure, would