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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (13 June) . . Page.. 1573..


Mr Hargreaves: He should be called upon to repeat it more loudly. It went into the microphone, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: If it was out of order, I ask the minister to withdraw.

Mr Moore: Mr Speaker, I do not think anybody heard anything that was out of order.

Mr Hargreaves: I did, Mr Speaker.

MR QUINLAN: It does not matter. If he does not have the courage to say it out loud, I think that is the commentary we need.

Mr Hird: I did not hear anything.

MR QUINLAN: Of course you did not, Harold. You haven't heard anything for months, mate.

Mr Hargreaves: You should withdraw that, Michael.

Mr Moore: Mr Speaker, just to ease Mr Hargreaves' mind, I will withdraw my reference to Mr Hargreaves as a wanker.

Mr Hargreaves: Not me.

Mr QUINLAN: Was it him or me? Who was it?

Mr Moore: "You are a wanker, Ted." I said, "You are a wanker, Ted." They are my exact words.

MR SPEAKER: It has been withdrawn, gentlemen. Please, you are cutting into Mr Quinlan's speaking time on an important matter.

MR QUINLAN: I want to move along now. Quite a number of recommendations come down to the government being a bit more structured in what they do rather than trying to throw the quick dollar around.

There is a recommendation in relation to emergency housing. Recommendation 29 is significant. The government quite clearly set up the free bus scheme as an election issue. They should not have made such a commitment until it was clear that it was supported. Whether it is supported will be known after the election, one presumes. So we do not think a firm commitment should be made until November.

There is a recommendation to refer the taxi industry to an inquiry.


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