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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1447..


Parliamentary privilege-examination of documents

MR WOOD (Minister for Urban Services and Minister for the Arts) (4.35): I seek leave to move a motion which has been circulated in my name.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: I move:

That, in relation to the inquiry being undertaken by the Australian Federal Police that was the subject of the resolution of the Assembly of 7 March 2002 regarding the disposition of certain documents, the disposition of other documents relevant to the inquiry (a) seized from InTACT by the Australian Federal Police pursuant to warrant on 7 May 2002, and (b) provided to the Australian Federal Police by witnesses in the matter, be dealt with in the same manner as set out in the provisions of paragraphs (2) to (7) of the resolution of the Assembly of 7 March 2002 as if, in relation to:

(1) documents in paragraph (a) seized from InTACT, a reference to Mr Humphries in paragraphs (4) and (5) of the resolution of 7 March 2002 was a reference to the officer or officers of InTACT from whom the documents were seized; and

(2) documents in paragraph (b) provided by witnesses, a reference to Mr Humphries in paragraphs (4) and (5) of the resolution of 7 March 2002 was a reference to the witness or witnesses who provided the document or documents to the Australian Federal Police.

Mr Speaker, this motion is self-explanatory. I will say no more than that.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Wood ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Mark Latham

MRS DUNNE (4.35): Mr Speaker, I refer back to last night's debate in this place, when Mr Quinlan lauded and praised his federal colleague Mark Latham-and his extraordinary defence of him against one of the most despicable personal attacks I have heard on anyone in public life.

Whilst I feel aggrieved for Tony Staley in bearing the brunt of this verbal thuggery, the person I feel even sorrier for is Mark Latham. I have always held a grudging regard for Mr Latham and his intellect. He is a rare character, a politician courageous enough to question even the conventional wisdom of his own party. He is a man of ideas, not all of which I support, but most of which I read with interest. Now he has committed political suicide-because a man with so much to say will not be remembered as a thinker,


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