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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (27 February) . . Page.. 339 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

Manuka business centre-Car parking restrictions-Copies of:

Letter from General Manager, Dick Smith Investments Pty Ltd & Associated Companies, dated 19 February 2001 to Mr Brendan Smyth, MLA.

Extract of letter from Director, Manuka Plaza Nominees Pty Ltd to Mr Brendan Smyth, MLA.

Fax from Chairman, Manuka Business Association, dated 15 February 2000 to Mr Brendan Smyth MLA

The fax from the Manuka Business Association to the minister, Mr Brendan Smyth, dated 15 February, is relevant to the matter he knows nothing about.

Mr Smyth: No, I didn't say that.

MR QUINLAN: I beg your pardon.

Mr Smyth: I said I didn't recognise the letter.

MR QUINLAN: You left this house with the impression you knew nothing of this matter, mate. I do not care what words you used-that is impression you wanted this place to take.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: ministers might take a question on notice because they are not sure of the detail which they need to clarify so they do not mislead the house. So it is unfair of Mr Quinlan to suggest that Mr Smyth might deliberately mislead the house if he refrains from providing information he is not entirely sure about.

MR SPEAKER: I uphold the point. Mr Quinlan, you asked for leave to make a short statement, not to get into an argument. Can we have the short statement, please?

MR QUINLAN: Certainly, Mr Speaker. I have also presented a copy of a letter from Dick Smith Investments Pty Ltd, the owners of the premises in which Woolworths Manuka operate, dated 19 February, written to the minister, Mr Brendan Smyth, in respect of the same matter he knows nothing about. Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Mr Moore: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Mr Humphries took a point of order which you upheld. Mr Quinlan now repeats the notion that this is something about which the minister knows nothing. It is very clear that there was a flurry of letters and the minister did not know which one you were referring to. That has been verified by the fact that Mr Quinlan suddenly tables a range of letters.

MR SPEAKER: I think the point has been made. There is no point of order.

Mr Quinlan: Well, can I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. I might suggest that the minister should seek leave himself to make a statement now that he has the papers in front of him.

MR SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order there either.

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