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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 2 Hansard (20 May) . . Page.. 420 ..

Mr Moore: You will not withdraw the four applications?

MR QUINLAN: I cannot; I am not involved anymore, Michael. Clubs succeed through good management, not necessarily just through having poker machines. Some clubs go under. In fact, we have saved one or two, and we have bought a couple. I am also proud of my involvement in the establishment of other clubs. I was part of the foundation of the Weston Creek Football Club, which provides facilities to the Weston Creek area, supports junior sport, supports Australian rules and provides senior sides in the ACTAFL competition. I am involved, and have been involved as president of the Weston Creek Bowling Club, which has been very successful within this Territory and beyond this Territory - winning national series and producing players who play for Australia. Those sorts of things arise out of the support the clubs provide, and I am proud to have been associated with that.

Mr Moore: And so you should be.

MR QUINLAN: Right. That particular activity does not provide me, at least, with a conflict of interest in relation to this question. I have had, personally, significant involvement in other organisations. I have been involved for the last five or six years in community organisations such as Respite Care, Fabric, the Carers Association and the volunteers association. Should I not vote on anything to do with community services anymore because I have contributed?

Mr Smyth: But you do not gain a benefit from them.

MR QUINLAN: I did not get any money out of the Labor Club. I put in a lot of hours, mate, for not a lot of money, let me tell you. Nothing. I am a sports fan. Do I not vote on anything to do with sport? I am a father and I am a grandfather. Do I not vote on anything to do with children's affairs?

Mr Moore: It is a non-argument. If you did not get the money you would not be standing there. That is the point.

MR QUINLAN: What you have said devolves to an absurdity. It is an absurdity.

Mr Moore: You are protecting your nest egg. You are protecting Labor's nest egg.

Mr Berry: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The house will come to order.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, Mr Moore has constantly interjected, contrary to your instructions.

MR SPEAKER: I have heard the point of order, and I uphold it.

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