Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 4038 ..
MR STANHOPE (continuing):
just sheer inaction, sheer broken promises, taking the community for granted and doing what you always do - blaming everybody else. Just get on with the job.
Look at some of the things that were said. Look at some of the claims that have been made. The Canberra Times of 14 April 1998, just under two years ago, states:
A spokesman for the Minister for Justice and Community Safety, Gary Humphries, said there was no need for further delay ...
Peter Clack wrote an article a week or so later stating that Mr Humphries had nothing to fear in terms of Assembly support; that he had the numbers to institute the trial of security cameras whenever he wanted. That was 20 months ago. This nonsense goes on and on as the Government seeks to explain, thrashes around and blames everybody else for the fact that it has not kept its promise, until we reach the comment in last Saturday's paper. After two years of obfuscation, two years of doing nothing, two years of promising to look into the problems of lawlessness and lack of security and lack of safety in Civic, two years of promising to do something about community security and doing nothing, we find this statement from the Attorney-General's office last Saturday:
Attorney-General Gary Humphries said it was ironic that Mr Stanhope was legislating in a small area -
namely ATMs -
while holding up Government plans to introduce security cameras in Civic ...
That is not a Gary, Mr Speaker; that is a lie. For Mr Humphries to say to the Canberra Times - - -
Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I think to describe what another member has said as a lie is unparliamentary, and I would ask Mr Stanhope to withdraw.
MR SPEAKER: Indeed it is. I uphold the point of order.
Mr Kaine: Whom are you accusing of telling a lie?
MR STANHOPE: I do not know who said it. The Canberra Times got it wrong then. The Canberra Times obviously misquoted Mr Humphries, if he did not say this. I will read what the Canberra Times said:
Attorney-General Gary Humphries said it was ironic that Mr Stanhope was legislating in a small area while holding up Government plans to introduce security cameras ...
The Labor Party is not holding up plans to introduce security cameras. Any suggestion by anybody that the Labor Party is holding up plans to introduce security cameras is a lie.