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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 April 2009) . . Page.. 1608 ..

MR SMYTH: All right; thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. Members can check the record for themselves. The misrepresentation is this: the Treasurer claims that we did not supply revised operating results. We did; we provided a range of financial information. So the Treasurer was wrong in her claims yesterday.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order: Mr Smyth cannot debate the matter; he can simply indicate where he is being misrepresented. He is seeking to advance debate or an argument and he is beyond the standing order, Madam Deputy Speaker.

MR SMYTH: On the point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker: yesterday you were given some liberty and latitude in your explanation, which took some time. I think it is quite reasonable in this case, because there is more evidence here that I can show.

Mr Corbell: Not about debate.

MR SMYTH: No; I am putting the facts—as you did yesterday, Madam Deputy Speaker. You were given a great deal of latitude by this place to put your side of the story on the table. I seek the same latitude.

Mr Corbell: No; it is about where you have been misrepresented.

MR SMYTH: She has misrepresented me by saying, “You tabled the quarterly reports monthly.” I did not table the quarterly reports monthly; that is the misrepresentation.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Take a seat, Mr Smyth.

Mr Corbell: Mr Smyth has indicated where he has been misrepresented and he has corrected—

MR SMYTH: Mary got great latitude yesterday.

Mr Corbell: He has corrected what he believes is the misrepresentation. He does not need to go into a debate about what happened; he simply needs to say where he has been misrepresented. He has said where he has been misrepresented, and that should be the end of his statement. It is not a debate; it is a statement.


MR SMYTH: I will finish. The other point is that it is a slur on Treasury officials that we would table inaccurate documents.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker: he is simply debating the issue. You should call him to order and sit him down, because he is debating the issue. The standing order—

MR SMYTH: I know you are tender over this, Simon. I know it is embarrassing, Simon.

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