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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (5 September) . . Page.. 3222 ..

MR DE DOMENICO (continuing):

Ms McRae mentioned finding a gracious way of not making Paralympians pay for their buses. That has been done already. I take your point, Ms McRae, but the point I want to make is that I will not tell Don Allan or the Paralympic Federation how they raise funds for their organisation. That is something Mr Allan has control of and that is - - -

Ms McRae: Yes, we take your point, but the buses could - - -

MR DE DOMENICO: The buses were offered for nothing. Mr Allan did not accept that offer. I am not going to tell him what to do or what not to do. He can have them for nothing if he likes. Luckily, some other organisation has agreed to pay for the buses. That is the way things go. But thank you for making the point.

Mr Whitecross rose to talk about his interpretation of the CFMEU's interpretation of what the Industrial Relations Commission said yesterday.

Mr Whitecross: I read it verbatim.

MR DE DOMENICO: He read it verbatim but then he put on his spin. I know you have to do that, Mr Whitecross, because if it were not for the CFMEU you would not be sitting where you are. However, let us look at the reality.

Mr Whitecross: If it were not for lots of voters, I would not be sitting here.

MR DE DOMENICO: Not too many voters, Mr Whitecross. You told them how to vote, but let us not get into that. You were elected fourth or fifth in Brindabella. Perhaps that is good for you.

Ms McRae: It is better than six or seven, Mr De Domenico.

MR DE DOMENICO: It is, but it is not as good as No. 1, Ms McRae. But that is another story.

Mr Whitecross: That was last time, not next time.

MR DE DOMENICO: We will have a little bet on that as well, but never put money - - -

Mr Whitecross: I do not think you are allowed to bet on elections, are you?

MR DE DOMENICO: Yes, you are, I think. You and I could have a quiet one. Let me demolish your argument first and we will talk about the pleasant things outside. The trade union movement, like any other interest group within the community, is entitled to disagree with decisions of the Government, but let me say again that the transfer of business units from Works and Commercial Services to Totalcare Industries Ltd arises from a legitimate decision of the Government, and the Government will not resile from that legitimate decision. Whether the CFMEU likes it or whether it does not, we do not care, Mr Whitecross.

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