Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 12 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 3721 ..
Mr Kaine: Oh, dear; oh, dear. How long is your nose growing?
MS CARNELL: It's true.
MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I think we will let that answer speak for itself. My supplementary question is this: Given the Auditor's public comments that he had not offered any such advice - that is, he did not indicate in any way that public servants should not appear - can the Chief Minister say who is correct, the Auditor or the head of her department?
MS CARNELL: No, I cannot. I cannot. How could I?
I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.
MR OSBORNE: The one point that the Chief Minister did leave out in her answer to that question was that I made it very clear to Mr Gilmour at the time that the proper process was to write to the committee and for the committee to make the decision. Mr Speaker, I do not think that Mr Stanhope, you or I had a problem with the letter that we received, bar the last sentence where the Chief Minister made the decision. I made it clear to Mr Gilmour at the time that the proper process was to write to the committee. I had no problem with what they were arguing, but the decision had to be made by the committee, not by the Government.
MS CARNELL (Chief Minister): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation, too.
MS CARNELL: I do not disagree with that. I did write to the committee. The fact is that Mr Stanhope then unilaterally gave my letter to the media.
MS CARNELL (Chief Minister): Mr Speaker, I present for the information of members, and pursuant to sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994, a copy of a long-term contract made with Edward Rayment and a Schedule D variation made with Desmond McKee. Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to make a short statement in relation to these contracts.