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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 4043 ..

Mr Stanhope: You promised that.

MR HUMPHRIES: No, I did not.

Mr Stanhope: I will table your promise in a minute.

MR HUMPHRIES: By all means do so. We promised protocols and we said that we would use the Commonwealth Ombudsman. That is what it says, Mr Stanhope. If you look closely, you will see that we were proposing the use of the Commonwealth Ombudsman as the person who would monitor the effectiveness of those cameras, because the cameras would be operated in the ACT only by the Australian Federal Police and the Ombudsman already has the jurisdiction to monitor those cameras in the ACT. I could be asking the question today, "Where is the Labor Party's promise of a camera ombudsman and special camera legislation?". "We are working on it", we hear. If it is a good enough defence for the Labor Party, it is a good enough defence for me too.

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (6.09), in reply: Mr Speaker - - -

Mr Humphries: We promised to have two speakers, one on each side.

MR STANHOPE: Yes, but we are not dogmatic and autocratic like that, Mr Humphries. You might nail your members down, Mr Humphries. I will just close the debate.

I will not repeat at length the points I made before. The case is well and truly made. The Government has simply broken its election promise in relation to security cameras. It was a clear promise and I will read it again. This is a quote from the Liberal Party's promises to the electorate:

The Canberra Liberals will trial safety cameras in Civic. The cameras will be monitored during peak periods by the Australian Federal Police, and during non-peak periods will operate on a record facility.

Attorney, when will you keep your promise? We know Mr Hird is completely unapologetic about the fact that he has not been able to keep his party's promise in relation to a pool for his constituents in Belconnen. This is just another one of the Liberal Party's broken promises. It is a promise the Liberal Party has no intention of keeping. It thrashes around as it does with everything, blaming everybody else except itself. It is like that song "Not, Not, Not Responsible". Who sings that?

Mr Hargreaves: Helen Shapiro.

MR STANHOPE: Helen Shapiro. That is the theme song of the Canberra Liberals.

Mr Humphries: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. I think Mr Stanhope is referring to "We're on a Road to Nowhere".

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