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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2683..


Mr Moore: Mr Speaker, I would quickly withdraw anything that I said that was unparliamentary. Certainly, I would never have said anything like "condescending, bloody woman". I am surprised that the Leader of the Opposition, the spokesman on women's affairs, has not demanded from one of his troops that he apologise.

MR SPEAKER: I am asking both members to withdraw, please.

Mr Quinlan: I do not even recall the remark and I have not seen the Hansard; but if I did make it, I withdraw it. But if I did make it, I would also like to emphasise the fact that the main thrust of that would be "condescending".

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

Mr Quinlan: And I do not think that that is unparliamentary.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I think that that is only a partial withdrawal. I think it underscores the attitude of the boys from the ALP towards women and I think the Leader of the Opposition ought to ask his deputy to withdraw that remark unqualifiedly.

Mr Quinlan: On that point of order, Mr Speaker: I withdraw the words "bloody woman", if that is what I said, if I did, or if that is what Hansard recorded. I do not withdraw "condescending".

Questions without notice

Police funding

MR SMYTH: Yesterday, Mr Hargreaves asked where the figure of $14.5 million came from. The figure was the amount initially requested by the AFP following an internal review and attribution of enabling costs for the ACT regional policing.

V8 supercar race

MR SMYTH: Mr Kaine asked some questions about cash payments to AVESCO. The GMC400 report does not contain any financial details relating to payments made to AVESCO. The payment that would have been made to AVESCO in the event of cessation of the contract also is not included. There is a disclosure clause in the contract between AVESCO and CTEC that precludes revealing the amount paid to AVESCO. This information is therefore commercial-in-confidence. The contract was executed on 7 December 1999, prior to the enactment of the public access legislation.

Mr Berry asked, upon notice, a question about the AVESCO fee at the Select Committee on Estimates hearing on 14 May 2001.

Mr Stanhope: Mrs Burke stood yesterday and asked that it be withdrawn against you.

MR SPEAKER: Just a moment, please, I cannot hear Mr Smyth.

Mr Humphries: I know, because she did not hear it properly. She knows what it says.

Mr Stanhope: Goodness me, how pathetic!


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