Page 593 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 9 March 2011

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motion. He said, “We know about the drug testing regime for inmates when they arrive at the jail.” Where did Mr Hanson get that information?

Mr Hanson: From you.

MR STANHOPE: Oh, so you got it. No, you said it before. You said it in moving the motion. So where did you get the information that was the basis of your misleading in this place?

Mr Hanson: From Mr Corbell.

MR STANHOPE: Have you apologised yet? Have you withdrawn? Have you apologised and expressed regret? You misled the Assembly in the same debate, relying presumably on the same information that the minister and I relied on.

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, given the number of points of order on the issue of the word “mislead”, I would invite you to withdraw that assertion about Mr Hanson.

MR STANHOPE: Certainly. I understand the convention and I do withdraw. But I will repeat the comment made by Mr Hanson in that debate and I can pose the question—

Mr Doszpot interjecting—

MR STANHOPE: You said that you know of the drug testing regime that is applied for prisoners being inducted. That is what you said. That is what you told the Assembly. That was the statement you made. I do not know where you got the information.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR STANHOPE: But you relied on the information and the basis of the information. Did you check the information? Have you withdrawn the statement that you made? Do you have a concern that the statement you made to the Assembly was not correct?

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, one moment, please. Mr Hanson, you are now warned for interjecting. Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: I raise that just to make the point that each of us in this place relies on information with which we are provided, and we rely on it on the basis that we are entitled to rely on it.

Mr Doszpot: Exactly, Jon; that is what Mr Hanson was saying.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, you are now warned for interjecting.

MR STANHOPE: That is what we are saying, Steve. Thank you for supporting us in this. What both the minister and I have done is express our regret at our inadvertent misleading of this place, and that should be the end of it. We did not need this puerile motion.

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