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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 3983 ..

MR SPEAKER: There are four parts to the question.

MS CARNELL: Four parts, and on the basis that I obviously cannot remember some of them I will answer only the ones I feel like answering. That is what happens when you ask four questions in one, Mr Stanhope. With regard to the first part of the question, the most important part, Mr Stanhope, you and Mr Quinlan have made it abundantly clear on many occasions that you did not like the financing approach the Government had put in place. You asked questions - - -

Mr Stanhope: There was one, was there?

MR SPEAKER: Now, now, let us have some shush while the Chief Minister answers the question.

Mr Quinlan: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I rather think that if the Chief Minister is going to make those sorts of accusations she should support them with some reference.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order, Mr Quinlan. It does not seem to matter what the Chief Minister says. The interjections are maintained, and I have had enough of them.

MS CARNELL: The Government made it very clear. I am sure that in the Estimates Committee and in other places it gave members of the Opposition and members of the crossbench a full rundown on what the financial deal looked like, how it panned out. Those opposite indicated that they did not believe that it stacked up appropriately; that they did not believe there was a benefit to the people of Canberra. And on and on they went. They were also provided with information from the Commonwealth Bank indicating that the Commonwealth Bank were comfortable about financing the arrangement that was put on the table in depth and at length.

Mr Speaker, those opposite cannot have it both ways. That is what it really comes down to. They cannot whinge about the private sector financing deal and say that it is not all right. This is a minority government. This Government pays attention to what this Assembly said. Members made it extremely clear that they did not believe the private sector financing approach was appropriate. On that basis - - -

Mr Stanhope: We have been Gary-ed, Mr Speaker.

Mr Corbell: Here, here! We have been Gary-ed.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I understood that that word had been ruled out of order.

MR SPEAKER: Silence! That word got you into trouble yesterday, Mr Corbell. Do not push your luck this time.

Mr Corbell: I will not ask any more questions, Mr Speaker, in due deference to you.

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