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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 5 Hansard (30 May) . . Page.. 1242..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

who votes in this place on poker machines with a direct conflict of interest as a recipient of cash at every election, and enormous amounts of cash—

Mr Corbell: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. That is an imputation against Ms MacDonald and it should be withdrawn.

MR SMYTH: In what way is it an imputation to say that the Labor Party benefits from poker machines?

Mr Corbell: He is suggesting that Ms MacDonald—

MR SMYTH: Oh, you don't benefit from poker machines!

Mr Corbell: No, the imputation is that donations received by the Australian Labor Party—

MR SMYTH: Paul Osborne had the integrity to stand aside. He understood the conflict of interest.

Mr Corbell: The point of order, Mr Speaker, is that that is an imputation against the member's behaviour.

MR SMYTH: How?

Mr Corbell: That the member votes a certain way because she, and all other members of the Labor Party, receive, indirectly, support from the Canberra Labor Club, which has money from poker machines. Mr Speaker, it is an imputation. It is a quite improper imputation and the member should be asked to withdraw the imputation.

MR SMYTH: Speaking to the point of order, Mr Speaker: on numerous occasions—

Mr Corbell: You do not have the call, Mr Smyth; I do. Sit down.

MR SMYTH: Neither do you. You are not in charge of the Assembly, Mr Corbell.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Corbell has the call.

Mr Corbell: I have the call. Sit down, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Oh, Mr Corbell! What will you do? I am scared.

Mr Corbell: I have the call.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Smyth, give Mr Corbell a go. This is not a debate, by the way.

Mr Corbell: Mr Speaker, I am drawing your attention, despite Mr Smyth's interjections, to the fact that it is an improper imputation. Such improper imputations are disorderly and he should be asked to withdraw for the pathetic, snivelling and childish comment that it was.


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