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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4217 ..

MR SPEAKER: Order, please, Mr Stanhope! You were heard in silence. I expect the same courtesy to be extended to your opponents.

MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, I think Mr Stanhope is making some allegations about videos that I am watching. I would like them withdrawn.

Mr Stanhope: I do not know what that was about, other than the dummy spit that we saw on Tuesday that has not been resolved yet.

MR SPEAKER: Withdraw and sit down, please.

MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, I recall a debate earlier this year in this Assembly in which Mr Stanhope stood up and wanted us to support a no-confidence motion because, as he said, the Chief Minister had broken the law. He said, "You have broken the law, Chief Minister". Yet in this debate he is saying to people, "Yes, you can go and break the law. We do not mind. You will not be charged". I find the hypocrisy of this man absolutely stunning.

As I said earlier, I think Mr Stanhope has lost the plot. Obviously he is embarrassed about where he stands on this piece of legislation. He wants to support something he we will not make legal. He is setting up a situation that is virtually impossible for the police.

Mr Stanhope: I trust the police, mate. Don't you trust them?

MR OSBORNE: I trust the police. Mr Stanhope is a former president of the Civil Liberties Council, hardly an organisation that walks arm in arm with the police union.

MR QUINLAN (11.39): In response to Mr Osborne, I think it is important that we do not lose our perspective in relation to associations with police. You have some association with the police. If we do not agree with you entirely, are you saying that we hate all police? Some of my best friends are policemen. They are very enlightened people and I enjoy their company.

Amendment (Mr Moore's ) to Mr Stanhope's amendment agreed to.

Proposed new clauses, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 6 agreed to.

Clauses 7 and 8, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Proposed new clauses

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