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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 4007 ..


MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, under standing order 47, may I make a little explanation? I think during one of the earlier answers to a question the Chief Minister- - -

MR SPEAKER: Standing order 46.

MR QUINLAN: Standing order 46 or 47. Take your pick. The Chief Minister misrepresented appallingly. I cannot recall saying, and I deny that we ever said, that we did not like the Government's financial arrangements. We just found it - - -

Ms Carnell: Is this a personal explanation?

Mr Moore: He is debating the matter.

MR SPEAKER: A point of order. This is a personal explanation. Not "we".

MR QUINLAN: We did find it rather difficult to believe that the Commonwealth Bank - - -

MR SPEAKER: This is a personal explanation, Mr Quinlan.

MR QUINLAN: I am just trying to explain what I did say rather than what I did not say because I have been quoted as saying I did not like the Government's financial arrangements and, in fact, was responsible for them falling through. That was the implication and that was what the Chief Minister said. I think that is a fairly appalling accusation. I am entitled to make a personal explanation, I would have thought.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, you are, but you are not to keep using the word "we". That is all.

Mr Moore: He is not to debate the matter. Standing order 46 says that such matters may not be debated.

MR QUINLAN: Well, I was actually linked with Mr Stanhope in this particular accusation, but I will stick to the single person.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope can speak for himself if he wants to.

MR QUINLAN: I at no time indicated that I was against the Government's financial arrangements. I did indicate that I thought they were a bit fanciful - - -

Mr Stanhope: And it would be better if they were legal.

MR QUINLAN: Yes, and it might help if they were legal. We had not seen, in fact, the slightest piece of evidence that they were a reality. That is what we said. To draw the long bow that we were somehow responsible for them falling through is, I think, misrepresenting us.

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