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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 4039 ..

Mr Wood: Hear, hear! It is an election device.

MR STANHOPE: It is an election campaigning device, an attempt to blame others for the fact that it refuses to implement its election promises. You should be embarrassed, Mr Hird. Have you read your promises?

Mr Hird: You should be red faced.

MR STANHOPE: You should read your promise. Are you the Government? Do you want us to do the job? Aren't you up to it? There is certainly a very strong view in the community that you are not up to it. I think most of you are not up to it. If you want us to do the job, then give it to us. We will do it. If you cannot keep your promise to institute a trial of security cameras, then give us a go, but stop blaming us, stop lying about the fact that we are holding up trials when we are not. We are urging you to undertake this trial. The people of Canberra have been waiting two years for you to undertake this trial. You simply do not have the energy or the commitment or, it seems, the capacity to do what you say you are going to do.

You refuse to keep your promises. You have been promising for two years. It is in your election platform, and you will not keep your promises. Stop blaming us for it. If you do not have the integrity to keep your election promises, just own up to it. Own up to the fact you are not up to the job and stop blaming us for it. Stop lying about what we will or will not do.

MR HUMPHRIES (Treasurer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Community Safety) (5.57): Mr Stanhope rises full of indignation at the fact that there could be any suggestion that the Labor Party in the ACT could be holding up the advent of security cameras in the ACT. I might just make a concession here. It might just be true, in the last little while, that Labor's position on security cameras has come to the point where they do not propose to hold up security cameras any longer. Mr Speaker, I will tell you a lie, if you want to hear a lie, and that is the suggestion that the Labor Party in the ACT has not held up security cameras in this Territory for a very long time before now. I refer members to 1996, when the ACT Liberal Government - - -

Mr Stanhope: Gee! How far back do you want to go? Four years ago?

MR HUMPHRIES: Apparently what happened four years ago is ancient history. Apparently holding up security - - -

Mr Stanhope: What did you say in the last election campaign? You were going to put 1,000 beds in the hospital in that period, too.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, you were heard in silence. I would ask you to extend the same courtesy to Mr Humphries, please.

Mr Stanhope: I was not, Mr Speaker.

MR HUMPHRIES: You were by me.

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