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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 3764 ..

MR HUMPHRIES: Oh, he is very sensitive today, isn't he?

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, he is again raising questions about my character. I think this is unacceptable and I think you should ask him to withdraw.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Kaine has raised such issues about my character.

Mr Kaine: Why don't you play the issue and not the man? I am talking about your principle and integrity. You don't have any.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I do not want a bun fight in the last question time.

Mr Berry: There is a point of order, Mr Speaker. Can I suggest to you that you ask the Chief Minister to refrain from raising matters which are not within his portfolio-for examples, squabbles in the Liberal Party.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order. You do that again and you may find yourself outside. Mr Kaine has asked a question.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, the issue that Mr Kaine has raised went to the question of my integrity. I suggest he look at his question in the Hansard.

Mr Kaine: I am talking about your integrity and principle, Chief Minister.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I do not want insults being exchanged across the chamber.

Mr Kaine: Well tell him to withdraw and there will be an end to it.

Mr Smyth: But you have to withdraw, too. You withdraw first.

MR SPEAKER: I was about to make that very point. The point is this: I don't want this going on back and forth. I am tired of it. It has been going on for far too long and I think other members of this chamber feel exactly the same.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, as I have indicated, the government will conduct these negotiations on a principled basis, ensuring that we address the issues which properly fall within the purview of government. We will not make a decision based on any one individual's grandstanding. We will make a decision based on what is in the best interests of the ACT community. As well, we will certainly respect the sensitivity of the issues that arise here as far as the Bender family is concerned.

Lyneham tennis centre

MR CORBELL: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services. Minister, in response to a question asked on 8 August this year in relation to the Lyneham tennis centre, you said:

The developer was finalising the finance arrangements. The understanding I have been given is that the funds will be available during the week commencing 13 August 2001.

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