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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 646 ..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

suggesting that Sandy Hollway, Terry Snow, Robert de Castella and Maureen Kane should be sacked and replaced-

Mr Stefaniak: Who said that?

MR STANHOPE: I think Terry Snow thinks it, Mr Speaker.

Mr Smyth: Just because you are saying it doesn't make it right.

MR STANHOPE: Terry Snow has just put out a press release, I understand. I have not seen it, but I think that it says something to the effect that he does not think that he should be sacked. I have not said it. I think that he is doing an absolutely wonderful job. I think Terry Snow is doing an absolutely wonderful job.

Mr Pratt: Coached by you, Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: I coached Terry Snow! Look, mate, I am the Chief Minister and all that, but when it comes to a distribution of power between me and Terry Snow, I think I wilt somewhat. Me telling Terry Snow anything! Terry Snow is doing an absolutely fantastic job, as is Sandy Hollway, as is Robert de Castella, as is Maureen Kane. None of them deserves to be sacked.

Mr Smyth: You are the only one saying it.

MR STANHOPE: Why did Terry Snow put out a press release?

Mrs Dunne: Because you put him up to it.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR STANHOPE: Mrs Dunne says that I put him up to it. I put Terry Snow up to putting out a press release! How absolutely insulting is that?

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, address your comments through the chair.

MR STANHOPE: I have lost my train of thought.

Mr Pratt: Will you seek compensation?

MR STANHOPE: Not content with those outrageous slurs on wonderful citizens of the ACT, the suggestion now is that we should sue New South Wales. Where will this nonsense end?

MR PRATT: I have a supplementary question. Chief Minister, are you not claiming compensation from New South Wales because you are trying to protect Bob Carr in the lead-up to a state election? Who is playing politics now, Chief Minister?

MR STANHOPE: Tell me whom Bob Carr needs protecting from?

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