Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 2120 ..
MR STANHOPE (continuing):
Mr Moore and the crossbench. To do otherwise than to accept that what Mr Smyth did yesterday was to deliberately mislead this Assembly basically creates, as far as I am concerned, a notion that anybody can say anything at any time and this organisation, this institution, this parliament, has absolutely no concern with or about that. If this motion is not passed today by this Assembly, I have no faith in the integrity of those who vote against it or in the capacity of this parliament to truly - - -
Mr Moore: Who cares what you have faith in.
MR STANHOPE: We know you have faith in nothing, Mr Moore. We know you believe in nothing. We know that. You have no faith or belief in anything, Mr Moore. That is obvious to everybody in Canberra, and it is becoming more obvious by the day. You are a crossbench Independent Liberal Minister who believes in nothing.
Mr Humphries: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker - - -
MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order!
MR STANHOPE: No policies, no beliefs, no values, no nothing.
MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat.
Mr Humphries: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, I realise that Mr Stanhope is really keen on getting stuck into Mr Moore, but again I remind him that this motion is about Mr Smyth. If he wants to move a motion about Mr Moore he should amend this one or move a separate one.
MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: I ask the Leader of the Opposition to address his remarks to the matter before the house.
MR STANHOPE: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, I must say that I do take to heart the timely reminder that I should not respond to Mr Moore's jibes and barbs in the way that I did. I should have stuck to the motion.
Mr Moore: You were the one attacking. What hypocrisy.
MR STANHOPE: I was responding to his barbs and his attacks, and I regret now that I did.
Mr Moore: You asked what I was laughing at and I said, "You". You did all the attacking.
Mr Berry: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, there he goes again.
MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The Minister will come to order.
Mr Berry: Thank you, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker.