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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 20 September 1995) . . Page.. 1547 ..


MRS CARNELL: Wayne, you are just a clown. Just be quiet. He suggests an indefinite ban on the purchase of products which are manufactured or supplied by French manufacturers or suppliers. We are talking about anybody who is a supplier, anyone who is a manufacturer. Supposedly, it includes French suppliers of non-French products. Anyone who is a French supplier of a product that was made anywhere in the world falls under this stupid motion. The motion covers all products that are manufactured in France and anything supplied by a French manufacturer, regardless of where it is manufactured. It could be manufactured in Australia and supplied by a French manufacturer. This is what your motion says, even after you amended it to make sense. It does not make sense.

Mr Berry: Do you agree with it, or do you not?

MRS CARNELL: Not like it is. It is stupid, Wayne.

Mr Berry: Amend it.

MRS CARNELL: It is absolutely stupid. It does not make sense.

Mr Berry: Amend it.

MRS CARNELL: It is your motion. What we have here is a motion that does not make sense. It cannot be implemented. Mr Berry, the acting Leader of the Opposition, feels a need for a very long trip to France, but not just to France, because we are talking about products manufactured anywhere in the world by any company that may have French ownership at some level. We are also talking about all products that are supplied by French suppliers, whether they be of French origin or not. This is simply a silly motion.

I can give the Assembly a total undertaking that in all contracts entered into by this Government we will be taking into account very definitely where products are manufactured. We believe that the French actions in the Pacific are totally unacceptable. We will take that into account, and where there is an option we will not be buying French products. But we will be getting the best possible deal for the ACT and we will not be sending huge delegations of people not just to France but around the world to compile databases of totally useless information.

MS TUCKER (12.00): I seek leave to move two amendments to this motion together.

Leave granted.

MS TUCKER: I move:

Omit “French” wherever occurring, substitute “French or Chinese”.

Omit “France” wherever occurring, substitute “France or China”.


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