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in the ACT and we hope and are confident that it will lead to a significant boost in the level of micro generation here in the ACT. The government remains committed to it. Detailed work is currently underway within my department. I look forward to discussing those matters further with members of the Assembly early next year in anticipation of a 1 March start date.
Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella): Under standing order 46, I seek leave to make a personal explanation about the last question that I asked and the response that I got from the minister.
MR SPEAKER: Does the member claim he was misrepresented?
MR DOSZPOT: Yes, I do.
MR SPEAKER: Proceed.
MR DOSZPOT: I simply asked a serious question. It contained a sentence which finished with “one student had to enrol in sewing because that was the only remaining elective course available”. I made no disparaging allusion. I resent the inference that my colleague made and I would like a retraction.
Mr Corbell: No. There is no ground for withdrawing the statement. There is no standing order for a retraction.
Mr Stanhope: We hear your explanation, Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT: You would like to hear my explanation?
Mr Stanhope: No, we just did. The statement is for the purpose of an explanation.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Barr, do you wish to clarify your position?
MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Planning and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation): Mr Speaker, I was simply observing in my response to Mr Doszpot’s question an imputation that I got from the question. I certainly do not wish to offend Mr Doszpot. If he has taken offence, I apologise. I do note in making an apology that it was felt necessary in the question to make that reference to a particular subject.
Mr Speaker presented the following paper:
Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General’s Report No. 7/2008—Proposal for a gas-fired power station and data centre—Site selection process, dated 9 December 2008.