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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 9 Hansard (20 September) . . Page.. 2957..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

level of opposition's support for local industry. They are now refusing pairs to government ministers to attend business development events and then slinking off—

Mrs Dunne: That is not true. He was sick and I said, "Do you want to take the pair?"

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, resume your seat. Mrs Dunne, I warn you. I call the Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: In the context of our determination to grow the wine industry in this region, it is a major concern that the opposition whip, Mrs Dunne, refused the government a pair to allow it to be represented at the launch of a major wine show, the riesling challenge, in the ACT.

Mrs Burke: That is not true. You talk about honesty. Be honest.

MR STANHOPE: It is true. The opposition's complicity in refusing the government a pair to attend and then having one of their own slink along to pretend that the opposition is interested in the industry is appalling

Mrs Burke: Mr Speaker, I do not know what point of order to raise here. The Chief Minister is totally out of order. Will you make a ruling, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: The reason you cannot think of a point of order to raise on this matter is because I do not think there is one.

Mrs Burke: It is dishonest.

MR SPEAKER: Withdraw that comment.

Mrs Burke: He knows it.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Burke, you are not allowed to make those sorts of claims. They are completely unparliamentary. Withdraw it.

Mrs Burke: Mr Speaker, I withdraw that remark. If the gestapo can be honest in his approach—

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Burke, do not force me. Withdraw that.

Mrs Burke: I withdraw.

MR STANHOPE: It is a significant industry for this region. It is a growing industry and a very significant industry, as represented through the success of companies such as Klonakilla now exporting more than it sells within Australia. It is important in the context of the riesling challenge, which the government was unable to attend yesterday as a result of the actions of the opposition.

That event is now recognised as the most significant riesling wine show in Australia and one of the most significant and emerging riesling shows anywhere in the world. There was a 40 per cent increase in entries in this year's show, with entries growing from four


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