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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 8 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 2375 ..

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, with regard to whether we approached the other parties to the contracts prior to the Assembly asking us to, why would we? In the debate when those opposite asked us to release all of the documents to this place, I said that I would approach and write to the other parties to the contracts we had entered into and ask them whether they would mind the contracts being released. I gave an undertaking to this place that, if they said they had no problems, the contracts would be released, because the Government had no problems at all. Mr Speaker, I said in this place that we would approach the parties after that motion was passed.

Mr Stanhope: How much are we paying Rupert Murdoch? How much does News Ltd get out of this?

Mr Moore: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Come on now. Just a moment. I would ask that that be withdrawn, please.

Mr Moore: It is not only that, Mr Speaker. It is the constant interjections. They are lifting again.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, but there was a definite imputation in that, Mr Stanhope. I ask you to withdraw.

Mr Stanhope: There was no imputation at all, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: You said, "How much is News Ltd getting out of this?".

Mr Stanhope: Yes, it goes to News Ltd. They actually half own the Raiders, Mr Speaker.

Mr Humphries: Come on, Mr Speaker; you made a ruling. He should withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: I have made a ruling, Mr Stanhope.

Mr Stanhope: I am happy to withdraw any imputation as long as it is clear that the Raiders is half owned by News Ltd, and this money goes to them.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Nevertheless, you have withdrawn any imputation. Thank you.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I think it is very sad that those opposite do not support the Raiders or the Brumbies in this town.

Mr Quinlan: Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

MR SPEAKER: Come on; settle down, please. Order!

Mr Stanhope: Mr Osborne supported the motion too.

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