Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 4928..
MR MOORE (continuing):
My fourth point, Mr Speaker, is about Independents having no policy platform. In my case, of course, I run into an election as Moore Independents, as a grouping. Indeed, Mr Corbell would be very aware that I do have an extensive policy platform. I am happy to provide him with a copy of it. That invitation is always open. It is there in my office. Whenever I am asked, I provide copies. I know that other members have had copies. Ms Tucker has had a copy recently. I have said many times in this chamber, Mr Corbell, before you arrived and since you have arrived, that all Labor has to do is look at my policy platform, look at your own, see where they match, put up the legislation, and I will support it. But, even if that was not the case, let me just say that, in respect of the philosophy that you talk about, you ought to go back and have a look at the fundamentals - - -
Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, this is debating Labor Party policies; it is not a personal explanation.
MR SPEAKER: That is a point, actually, under standing order 46.
MR MOORE: Where Mr Corbell has misrepresented the Independents - Mr Osborne and me - is in making suggestions that we would be unduly influenced. In fact, if you go back to the philosophy - - -
Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: Mr Moore is clearly debating an issue that was the subject of debate some time ago. The debate has concluded. He had his chance. Personal explanations are not a proper tool to reopen debate - - -
MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Berry. I uphold that, and Mr Moore is asked to watch it.
MR MOORE: I will take that into account, Mr Speaker, as I complete my statement. Madison and other early American philosophers on democracy and so forth made it very clear that one perception of democracy is that people vote for people on whose judgment they want to rely. It is a very normal part of an understanding of political philosophy.
QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE
MR BERRY: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, last week you and your deputy gave commitments that you would abide by your new regulations concerning promotion of members of the Government in the lead-up to an election. Chief Minister, are the "Meet the Minister" ads still paid for by the taxpayer or have you now moved to pay for them yourself?