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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 7 Hansard (29 June) . . Page.. 2810..


MR SPEAKER: I believe those standing orders apply to individuals rather than organisations.

Mr Hanson: On the standing orders, I used the term "morally corrupt"to describe the Labor Party yesterday, and Madam Deputy Speaker ruled that I must withdraw that.

Mr Hargreaves: No, it was me. It wasn't Madam Deputy Speaker.

Mr Hanson: My apologies. It was Mr Assistant Speaker.

Mr Hargreaves interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hargreaves, I cannot hear Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: I would ask you to take into account the fact that the ruling of yesterday was that it should be withdrawn.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson. I did not hear that ruling yesterday. One moment.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members, while I try to pick through the political battle you are firing at each other, it is not an invitation for you to have a conversation across the chamber.

MS GALLAGHER: I am happy to withdraw if that assists.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Chief Minister.

MS GALLAGHER: I am happy to withdraw those comments if it assists the debate today. I think the issues of problem gambling and the effects on members of the community, particularly people and their loved ones who suffer from the effects of problem gambling, deserve a little more respect than the opposition are giving today. (Time expired.)

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, is it moral for the Labor Party to accept donations from licensed clubs when those donations are derived from gambling, and will the Labor Party pay them back?

MS GALLAGHER: The issue of donations and electoral reform is a live one before this Assembly. The Labor Party is very open and transparent about money it receives. Indeed, that money the Liberal Party receives from the Hellenic Club and from Casino Canberra puts them in exactly the same position, as is the case with other political


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