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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 10 Hansard (15 September) . .

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Political parties—donations

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Capital Metro. Minister, when did you become aware of donations to the ACT branch of the Labor Party made by the Plenary Group?

MR CORBELL: I became aware of them in the lead-up to the Labor Party's declaration being made to the Electoral Commission.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, when did your agency, the Capital Metro Agency, become aware of donations to the ACT branch of the Labor Party made by the Plenary Group and what advice did your agency provide you?

MR CORBELL: The matter was not raised with the Capital Metro Agency and as far as I am aware the Capital Metro Agency only became aware of the matter when it was reported in the media.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, have all donations made by the Plenary Group to the ACT branch of the Labor Party now been refunded?

MADAM SPEAKER: Could you repeat that, Mr Hanson?

MR HANSON: Certainly, Madam Speaker. I asked: have all donations made by the Plenary Group to the ACT branch of the Labor Party now been refunded?

Mr Corbell: Madam Speaker, on a point of order, these matters relate to the activities of the ACT Labor Party, not to my responsibilities as Minister for Capital Metro.

MADAM SPEAKER: Is that a statement or a point of clarification?

Mr Corbell: I am seeking your ruling, Madam Speaker, insofar as I believe the question to be out of order. The question—

MADAM SPEAKER: I think you need to say it if you think the question is out of order.

Mr Corbell: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I am seeking your ruling that this question is, indeed, out of order as it relates to matters that are the responsibility of the ACT branch of the Australian Labor Party, not to my portfolio responsibilities as Minister for Capital Metro.

MADAM SPEAKER: If you thought the line of questioning was out of order, you might have taken it up when Mr Coe asked the first question. Have you got—

Mr Corbell: On that, Madam Speaker, with your indulgence—


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