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Personal explanations

MR PRATT (Brindabella): I seek leave under standing order 46 to make a personal explanation.

Leave granted.

MR PRATT: Yesterday, in question time, Mr Hargreaves made a comment about charity bin dumping and made a number of assertions about my priorities concerning charity bin dumping and other matters. I wish to challenge those remarks and to clarify what I said to prove that yesterday the minister took those comments—

Mr Quinlan interjecting—

MR PRATT: Shut up, Ted. I want to get on with this, if you do not mind.

MR SPEAKER: Order! This is not a debate. This is just about you explaining personal circumstances.

MR PRATT: Yes. I am explaining what I actually said regarding the points that were taken out of context yesterday.

MR SPEAKER: No, all I want you to do is to deal with the personal issues.

MR PRATT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The document that the minister referred to yesterday actually says:

The Stanhope government’s success at cracking down on charity bin dumping shows that the threat of being caught or fined can act as a significant deterrent to such illegal activities and could also work on graffiti vandals, Steve Pratt, Shadow Spokesman said today.

Then I am reported as stating:

The threat of these fines has obviously made people think twice before dumping unwanted goods outside charity bins as according to reports the problem has now halved.

In this document that the minister referred to, I said:

This kind of approach to curbing such illegal activity clearly works. Therefore the Stanhope government should follow their own example in claiming victory over charity bin dumpers and use the same method for cracking down on acts of graffiti vandalism.

I went on to say finally:

It is time for the minister to get tough on graffiti vandals, just like he has on charity bin dumpers. Charity bin dumping is a relatively minor problem in comparison to

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