Page 4619 - Week 14 - Thursday, 24 November 2005

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ACTION bus service

MR CORBELL: Earlier this week in question time Mr Seselja asked me a question about when I had been briefed in relation to options for bus services to the Brindabella business park. I responded to Mr Seselja that it was in the second half of this year. In checking the record, I was in fact briefed in February and March this year. I correct the record for members and apologise for any confusion caused by the previous information.

Personal explanation

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Please proceed.

MR PRATT: Today in question time I referred to a document, which I indeed tabled, called Theft watch, a document released by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council Inc. The minister stated that my figures undoubtedly could not be trusted and that the data from this particular report were therefore unknown and not to be trusted.

MR SPEAKER: How have you been misrepresented, Mr Pratt?

MR PRATT: I have been misrepresented in terms of the quality of the document that I tabled, Mr Speaker. I would like to clarify exactly why—

MR SPEAKER: This is not a debate about an issue that has been dealt with in question time. This is a personal explanation about a personal matter in respect of which you have claimed to have been misrepresented. You should come to that point.

MR PRATT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council is in fact an initiative of all Australian governments and insurance companies—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Pratt, how have you been misrepresented here?

MR PRATT: The quality of this document has been misrepresented; therefore the quality of my question has been misrepresented. That is the point on which I stand.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Pratt! Unless you can point out where you have been misrepresented, you might as well sit down. I am not going to allow a debate on this issue to continue under standing order 46.

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, the minister implied that I was offering up false data. What I am saying is that this document is a document to which this government contributes. How can it be false data?

Members interjecting—

MR PRATT: The point is made anyway, Mr Speaker. Thank you.

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