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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4096 ..

MR BERRY (continuing):

There is no doubt that the absence of Mr Kaine from the project was an extraordinary occurrence. The truth of the matter is that he took no particular role in the management of the project. Mrs Carnell, Mr Wearing and Mr Walker asserted that the project in fact was the responsibility of Mr Kaine, but for the reasons previously stated these persons are mistaken on this issue. At all material times it was a CMD project.

Chief Minister, why did you lie to police?

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, Mr Berry knows that that is out of order.


Mr Humphries: Mr Berry also knows that what matters is not what the counsel assisting has told the coroner, but what the coroner has told the community. I ask that it be withdrawn, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, withdraw it.

MR BERRY: Okay, it is withdrawn. How is it - - -

Mr Humphries: The question is totally out of order. He misses out on his question. Mr Speaker, on the point of order - - -

MR BERRY: Withdrawn.

Mr Humphries: Standing Order 117 (d) is very, very clear:

Questions shall not be asked which reflect on or are critical of the character or conduct of those persons whose conduct may only be challenged on a substantive motion, and notice must be given of questions critical of the character or conduct of other persons.

MR BERRY: Well, I have not asked the question.

Mr Humphries: So having done that, Mr Speaker, the question is clearly out of order.

MR SPEAKER: And you have withdrawn.

MR BERRY: I have withdrawn.

Mr Humphries: Therefore, Mr Speaker, we should move on to the next question.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. I do uphold that point of order.

MR BERRY: I beg your pardon?

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