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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 6 Hansard (20 September) . . Page.. 1546..


Mr De Domenico: Are we going to ban Chinese products too? Come on; let us get real. Stick your paw up and get real. Come on.

MR BERRY: If you want to amend the motion, go for your life. This is a reasonable motion. It reflects the attitude of the people of Canberra. It reflects the sentiments raised in the debate we had on this issue in June. You got dragged kicking and screaming when we had the last debate. You ought to have been embarrassed about your stand on the issue. You looked like a bunch of fools. If you have to be dragged kicking and screaming on this one, you are going to look like a bunch of fools again. I urge all members to support this motion, and I trust that they will, if they have any good judgment on the issue. I suspect that, all of a sudden, the Liberals have been able to measure that there is an attitude out in the community that might affect them if they are not prepared to come to the party on this. I look forward to their support.

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (11.55): This motion has been moved by the Leader of the Opposition - or is he not the Leader of the Opposition?

Mr De Domenico: Not yet, but he is working on it.

MRS CARNELL: That is certainly true. It is without doubt the most stupid motion I have ever heard. I have absolutely no problems whatsoever, as I am sure none of you here would, in making sure that wherever possible the products that we buy are not French products. Certainly we are doing that. But this motion, even with the amendment to make it make sense, does not make sense. You failed, Wayne. It says that this Assembly requires the Government to provide a list of products which are manufactured by French companies anywhere in the world or are produced in France by companies of any nationality. That is fine. That is it. How do you think we might get this list, Wayne? The products could be manufactured anywhere. How do you think, Wayne, that - - -

Mr De Domenico: He wants to go to Paris.

MRS CARNELL: We will send Wayne not just to Paris but to the whole of France to make this very long list. Obviously, we would need a total list so that we would know what we were not allowed to purchase. It is not just French products. We are talking about anybody who produces anything in France, or potentially any bit of anything in France - - -

Mr De Domenico: Even Australian companies.

MRS CARNELL: Australian companies, all of that sort of stuff. To start with, we have a motion that simply does not make sense. The motion then goes on to suggest that there be an indefinite ban - - -

Mr Berry: You want to get somebody to write your speech for you. You cannot cope with it out of your head.


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