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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 3407 ..

MR BERRY (continuing):

I know that you have lost interest in education, Mr Moore. You have demonstrated that. But I did not think that you would take it this far. I would expect this sort of thing from Mr Humphries as I have seen it before.

Mr Stefaniak mentioned the word "consistency". I would have hoped that he would take the approach to workers in his portfolio that was taken by the other two Ministers. That would have been consistent and we would not be having this debate today. Mr Stefaniak made some false accusations. Maybe he is trying to build a reputation like the one that Mr Humphries has. There is no strike fund for bursars; it is all in your dreams, Mr Stefaniak. You dream about these things and in your ideological dreams you believe that lowly paid unionists have massive strike funds that they can use to take industrial action and torture employers. It is ideological claptrap. There is no strike fund. The union does not have that sort of money to throw around. Those workers went without money when their wages were cut. They went without it; it was taken from them.

Mr Humphries: The nurses you did not pay went without wages as well.

MR BERRY: Enlighten me. Which nurses were they?

Mr Humphries: I could not enlighten you if I put a blowtorch under you.

MR BERRY: I know that you could not enlighten me because you are not up to the job. I will conclude on this note: Anybody who opposes this motion opposes fairness and equity.

Question put:

That the amendment (Mr Berry's ) be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 7  	NOES, 10

Mr Berry  	Ms Carnell
Mr Corbell  	Mr Cornwell
Mr Hargreaves  	Mr Hird
Mr Quinlan  	Mr Humphries
Mr Stanhope  	Mr Kaine
Ms Tucker  	Mr Moore
Mr Wood  	Mr Osborne
 		Mr Rugendyke
 		Mr Smyth
 		Mr Stefaniak
Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

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