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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 3749..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

the ministerial code of conduct. They are ministers 24 hours a day. The Chief Minister said it in his tabling speech: they are ministers at all times. You cannot take off the cloak of ministerial responsibility that is conferred on you when you become a minister and say, "No, today I am not a minister. For this issue I am not a minister."

People look at you. They think you are the Chief Minister, they think you are the Treasurer, they think you are the minister, and that is appropriate because you are. Your responsibilities run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day, every week of every year you are in office. You cannot pick and choose what you say and do and where you say and do it. It is unfortunate, but that is the nature of the job.

So that is the purpose of this motion—simply to have the Chief Minister come down to fully detail his participation in the proposed sale of the Canberra Labor Club Group. Unfortunately, we do not seem to want to have this level of scrutiny. Unfortunately, the Greens will back the amendment that simply makes this, to quote Ted Quinlan, a statement of the bleeding obvious. Yes, we have sent it off to the commission. We all know that. The problem is that what we do not know is the full role of the Chief Minister in this whole issue.

Question put:

That Ms Gallagher's amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 5

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Coe

Ms Bresnan

Ms Hunter

Mr Doszpot

Ms Burch

Ms Le Couteur

Mrs Dunne

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Hanson

Ms Gallagher

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Associations Incorporation Amendment Bill 2009

Debate resumed from 1 April 2009, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (5.48): Mr Speaker, the government will be supporting this bill. The bill provides for a range of changes to the operations of the Associations Incorporation Act. In particular, the bill has regard to a range of issues around the privacy of the details of registered officers that are provided to the Registrar-General's Office.


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