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MRS DUNNE: Otherwise I would have to have leave later on. I will be precisely one minute or less.
Mr Stanhope: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, it is the convention of the place that these sorts of explanations are made at the conclusion of a matter, not in the middle of it, or we will never, ever conclude the matter. That has always been the convention.
MR SPEAKER: Yes. Mrs Dunne, I was not trying to be technical. I was just trying to be practical, but—
MRS DUNNE: I understand.
MR SPEAKER: Please go ahead.
MRS DUNNE: I would just like to put on the record that the Chief Minister said twice in the debate and most recently in his last speech that I worked for the person who approved the planning for the Nicholls shops. I worked for Gary Humphries, who at the time of the development of the Nicholls shops was not the planning minister. The person that I worked for had nothing to do with the approval of the Nicholls shops. Therefore, even though the Chief Minister likes to confer huge powers on my capacity as a staffer, I had no involvement in the planning for the Nicholls shops.
MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (5.43): I apologise to Mrs Dunne. I will find out which minister it was and who the particular chief of staff at the time was, now that Mrs Dunne has drawn our attention to it. But it certainly was a Liberal minister.
MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Members, we will now proceed as Madam Assistant Speaker Burch suggested.
Mr Coe’s amendments agreed to.
MR SPEAKER: We will now move to Mr Stanhope’s amendment. Mr Stanhope, do you want to proceed with your amendment?
Mr Stanhope: No. There is no sense in proceeding. Thank you, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: The question now is that Mr Coe’s motion, as amended, be agreed to. I call on Mr Coe to close the debate.
MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.44): In closing the debate, I want to reply to some of the earlier comments in this debate. I think some people have lost track. This is about a car park. It should be a simple thing to fix. It should be. Sometimes errors do occur, and we accept that, but you can fix them. The Nicholls shops car park is a classic case where a department should very easily be able to identify the problem and fix it.