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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 3268 ..

MR KAINE (continuing):

I have copied this letter to all Members of the Assembly.

Yours sincerely

Kate Carnell MLA

Chief Minister

cc - Members of the Legislative Assembly

MR KAINE: I would not want a future reader of Hansard to believe that the Chief Minister had misled the Assembly, so I would like to correct the record. I come to the bottom line. In an exchange, Mrs Carnell said, "I can answer the question any way I like", and you, Mr Speaker, said, "Yes, you can". There is a qualification to that. She must answer it truthfully, and this is a case where she failed to do so.

Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. Mr Kaine is implying that the Chief Minister has misled the Assembly. He should withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Withdraw, please.

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, I am tabling a document with the Chief Minister's signature on the bottom which proves that she did.

MR SPEAKER: It is now corrected.

MR KAINE: Having incorporated that in Hansard, if the Chief Minister takes offence at being proven to have misled the house, I will withdraw it. But in the same question, Mr Speaker - - -

MR SPEAKER: The correction was made.

MR KAINE: But not in Hansard, Mr Speaker. I want Hansard corrected. That is why I incorporated that document. In answer to the question - and I was talking about the remuneration of directors - the Chief Minister said:

I made it clear that the remuneration is nil. No travel has been reimbursed and no benefits have been paid. That is a very easy zero dollar figure.

My question is: Is that a zero dollar figure because no director has travelled, say, from Sydney to Canberra to attend any meeting and therefore there has been no cost, or is it because the costs are reimbursed not by BOPL but from some other source?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, it is my advice that nothing has been paid to the people; that the two people involved have not received any recompense or any payment from any source.

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