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Another one was:

Just wondering if there is going to be any finance available from the banks as everyone we have spoken to does not sound very hopeful.

Another one was:

I was wondering if there was an available list of lenders offering loans for properties on rented lands.

It goes on and on and on. The government was getting this correspondence; they were getting it before he made that comment in February 2009. Prior to Jon Stanhope's claim, his misleading claim prior to the election, they were getting it from lenders. Even though there may have been some at the beginning who said, "We will consider it; yes, we will take it on board"—and some were looking into it—there were ample concerns and ample reason to fear that there may be a problem in getting lenders; yet he denied it. And he denied it to save his own political skin six weeks out from the election. He stands condemned, and that is why this motion should be supported. (Time expired.)

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (3.43): I move:

Omit all words after "That this Assembly", substitute "condemns the Leader of the Opposition for deliberately misleading the community and the media about the level of support by financial institutions for the Land Rent Scheme.".

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker: I would seek your ruling on the—

MR STANHOPE: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker: can the clock be stopped, please? We know of Mrs Dunne's penchant for taking up all of a member's time.

Mrs Dunne: That is actually at the discretion of the Speaker. I would seek your ruling, Madam Assistant Speaker, on whether or not the amendment is in order on the basis that it is quite contrary to the spirit of the original motion.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): It is in order; it is on the same subject matter, even if not drawing the same conclusion.

Mrs Dunne: My point, Madam Assistant Speaker, is that Mr Seselja's motion goes in one direction and this goes in the exact reverse of that. I would like a ruling on the—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: My understanding is that it is on the same subject matter, even though not drawing the same conclusion. Therefore, it is a possible amendment.


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