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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (14 October) . . Page.. 3195 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

Mr Stanhope also said that he wants to have a series of interim reports and his first report will be brought down before Christmas. Let him bring down his first report and the report of the committee by Christmas. He does not deserve to have an extension of time. He has come to this Assembly asking for an extension of time and a change in the way that the committee reports. At the same time, he has told us that he can report for the first time before Christmas. We should say to Mr Stanhope, "Sorry, if that is the way that you are going to treat the system, you ought not have an extension. That report can be the report of the committee". I am not saying that it should not report; I am saying that that should be the report of the committee. Mr Stanhope knew when he started this process that he had a fixed time in which to draw a line because he was the chairman of that committee. He took public money for doing that job but for five months he did nothing. That is what this is about. Mr Stanhope certainly does not deserve to have an extension of time for this committee, let alone the opportunity - - -

Mr Stanhope: You are lazy, Mr Osborne! You are lazy, Mr Cornwell!

MR MOORE: Mr Stanhope is now pointing the finger at others, saying that they are lazy. The person who is pointing the finger at others and saying that they are lazy is the person who took the chair of a select committee and turned around and did absolutely nothing on it for five months.

Mr Stanhope: Michael, how heavy are 30 pieces of silver, mate? How heavy are they?

MR MOORE: The same person - - -

Mr Stanhope: Is it like an Independent who becomes a Minister?

Ms Carnell: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. The constant interjections - interjections that contain very serious innuendos - are simply unacceptable, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I am listening.

MR MOORE: The man who has taken on this committee, who has had it for five months and who has done absolutely nothing is the man who points to everybody else and says that his role is to protect public money. It starts in your own backyard, Jon Stanhope.

Mr Berry: Here is a man who cannot settle an industrial dispute in the health system. What a hopeless case!

MR HARGREAVES (5.24): Mr Speaker, essentially, what we are talking about here is - - -

Mr Berry: Snouts in the trough! Do you want me to talk about your snouts in the trough?

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