Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 111 ..
MR DE (continuing):
In direct answer to Ms McRae's question, this Government said from the outset that we are not in the business of bailing out failed private companies. I suggest to Ms McRae that whatever needs to happen to those directors under the law, both Federal and ACT law, will happen.
MS McRAE: My question related specifically to the responsibility of the directors of the company, and you did not answer that at all. Would you please provide for this Assembly, before it rises today, the details of the directors of the Canberra Region Campaign and the periods for which they held office?
MR DE DOMENICO: In answer to Ms McRae's question, those directors, because they are directors of a private company, will be treated under the Federal Companies Act and any other Federal and State pieces of legislation that they must adhere to. In terms of supplying Ms McRae with the names of the directors and the period for which they were directors, I will make sure that that happens by the close of business today.
MR WOOD: My question is to Mr Humphries in his capacity as Attorney-General with responsibility for electoral matters. I refer to the annual return of the ACT Liberal Party on income receipt. This shows that an organisation shown as the 250 Club Ltd provided the ACT Liberal Party with almost $100,000 in the 1994-95 financial year. The third party return by the 250 Club Ltd shows that they gave a total of $183,436 in assistance, some of which was paid to printers and research companies. Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to table the relevant pages, for the information of members.
MR WOOD: Mr Humphries, since the purpose of our electoral disclosure laws is to ensure that the public are informed of those making contributions to political parties, will you, as Minister responsible for the Electoral Act, amend that Act to require the disclosure of the names and addresses of the members of the 250 Club Ltd who actually contributed the money? To emphasise the point, will you change the mechanism which allows the actual contributors to be hidden?
MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, they are really grasping for a good question today. I am no more willing to make available details of members of the 250 Club than presumably they are - - -
Mr Berry: No, no; will you change the law?
MR HUMPHRIES: I have said no. I am no more willing to make available details of members of the 250 Club than you are to make available details of members of trade unions who give money, often involuntarily, I might point out, to assist - - -