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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1456 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

The thing that angers me most about what Mr Collaery has just said about those negotiations is the blatant breach of confidence which he committed by announcing the very important elements of discussions between the parties. I must say that they were discussions which I had indicated to him were of a confidential nature because it is important that sensitive issues be dealt with sensitively - not in an opportunistic -

I think it is really important to emphasise that word -

way, which has been the case now.

I also say, Mr Speaker, that in all of the days and hours of negotiation that have taken place there has not been one mention of this cabal. At all times I have tried to be an honest broker about the issues and concerns of other members of this Assembly who have an interest in presenting this Assembly in a positive way. It seems to me that blatant self-interest and spitefulness are more prominent in the philosophy of the cabal opposite than anything else.

Mr Speaker, I also have to talk about the list of demands that was served and made public by the Residents Rally.

Members may remember that Mr Collaery headed the Residents Rally at that time. There was a further comment on that from the same person in the form of an interjection:

You will not get out of your treachery. Do not talk to me about that.

The person speaking at the time was Mr Wayne Berry. That is how Mr Wayne Berry identified the person - opportunistic.

Mr Speaker, I would like to share with members how it was that I parted company with Mr Collaery. I parted company with Mr Collaery over an affidavit. Members who have spoken to me about why I left the Residents Rally and why I parted company with Mr Collaery know that. It was, in fact, over a matter where the Labor Government, through the Deputy Chief Minister of the Labor Government, had asked Bernard Collaery to put up or shut up on a matter of corruption. Mr Collaery had made a great deal out of saying to those who were supporting him that if he could get a break for lunch he would get an affidavit demonstrating very clearly that corruption. I was the one that moved for the suspension of the sitting for lunch and I managed to talk other people into allowing that suspension so that the affidavit could be produced. Mr Speaker, the text of that affidavit appears on page 802 of Hansard of 6 July 1989. Of course, the affidavit carried nothing that could be in any way construed as an accusation of corruption. I am sure that Mr Kaine remembers that. It was over that failing, saying that that was what it was about, but then when we actually saw what was in writing and saw the facts of the matter, that simply was not the case.

Mr Speaker, that leads me into the issue of a conspiracy theory, because we do know that Mr Collaery was well into conspiracy theories. The only reason I raise this matter is that it is the way that Mr Collaery perceives things that are done around him. It is very easy

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