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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 8 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 2194 ..

Mr Stanhope: To mislead.

Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: on the basis of the same judgment that you used in respect of Mr Humphries' question, the Chief Minister must withdraw that comment.

MR SPEAKER: What was it?

Mr Stanhope: I interjected the words "to mislead", Mr Speaker. I withdraw them if that created offence.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Chief Minister.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, there is no doubt that the Liberal Party have been slipping and sliding on this issue-slipping and sliding because Mrs Dunne still thinks that, despite the price estimate being over five years old and there being a 13 per cent increase in the CPI, she can deliver a four-lane road from the Barton Highway to Belconnen Way for $32 million. I would love to see the estimate from any road construction activity which highlighted they could do that.

Mr Cornwell: on a point of order, Mr Speaker, and sit him down while I am on my feet, please. Mr Hargreaves asked why was this figure for 1997-

Mr Stanhope: Why was it five years out of date?

Mr Hargreaves: Do you want me to tell him-

Mr Stanhope: It wasn't to mislead. If it wasn't to mislead, why was it? That is the question.

Mr Cornwell: Just a moment. Settle down. Mr Speaker, the information that Mr Corbell was just listing was not in response to the question. In asking why this was done, Mr Hargreaves was actually asking for an expression of opinion, which is out of order so far as standing orders are concerned.

MR SPEAKER: I think I will allow Mr Corbell to continue to deal with the question that has been put to him by Mr Hargreaves. I think Mr Corbell understands that point.

Mr Stefaniak: Mr Speaker, before Mr Corbell continues his answer, I have a point of order. Mr Stanhope interjected twice using the word "mislead". I would ask him to withdraw that.

MR SPEAKER: Order! If you want me to rule on a point of order, or discuss it with you, just give me a bit of free air for a moment. Mr Stanhope did use the words "to mislead". But he never accused anybody of misleading this place, and on that score I am really not able to rule it out of order. We have never ruled out of order in this place a suggestion, say, that people might be misleading the community.

Mr Stanhope: I withdraw my withdrawal, Mr Speaker.

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