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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 2 Hansard (20 May) . . Page.. 418 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

The only sensible thing to do is to adjourn this debate until the next sitting, to look at the terms of reference, to look at the report from the inquiry that the Chief Minister has set up and then say, "Do we need to do this job again? Do we need to go through and assess it?". That is the sensible way to go. It may well be entirely appropriate to relook at some of the things that the consultant comes up with.

Mr Berry: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Moore clearly imputed that Mr Quinlan had a conflict of interest. That is not a matter Mr Moore can raise. It is dealt with in the standing orders. It can be decided only by the Assembly. I ask that he withdraw it.

MR MOORE: You all have a conflict of interest. Mr Speaker, there are four clubs associated with the Labor Party, who will benefit by this motion, by the restriction.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, he has already made the imputation.


MR MOORE: I am explaining the situation.

MR SPEAKER: We have had this before.

Mr Berry: Yes, and Mr Moore was thrown out for refusing to withdraw the imputation, Mr Speaker. He should be ordered to withdraw the imputation.

MR MOORE: You should not vote on it.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Moore, did you refer to Mr Quinlan by name?

MR MOORE: I did refer to Mr Quinlan by name, Mr Speaker, and I withdraw any personal imputation on Mr Quinlan individually.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

MR MOORE: But, Mr Speaker, the Labor Party, each and every member of the Labor Party, has a conflict of interest, a clear conflict of interest, on this issue. They have a $1m conflict of interest. That is all there is to it, Mr Speaker. It is very obvious to blind Freddy. Mr Speaker, when I referred to Mr Quinlan I think I was referring to him in a slightly different context, and that is why I was happy to withdraw that part of it.

Mr Speaker, it seems to me that there are four clubs associated with the Labor Party that already have applications in, and they know that they will be all right, Jack. It is other clubs that are lined up waiting to put in their applications, or clubs that are being built, or clubs that are being extended, such as the Hellenic Club, which are likely to miss out. This is perfect timing for the Labor Party because the Labor Party will get extra advantage from these particular clubs that already have their applications in. It seems to me, Mr Speaker, that the only appropriate thing to do is for each member of the Labor Party to distance himself from this debate in exactly the same way as Mr Osborne did.

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