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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (15 June) . . Page.. 1930 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

Mr Speaker, the most critical thing that we will deal with tonight is the funding of political parties and the disclosure of funding. What Labor wanted for this was to be able to shaft a few little parties and they are prepared to trade off that for what they want to get here, the rules about disclosure which will allow big business to influence political parties, although not so much probably their own. I think there is some merit in the way Mr Stanhope argues that it is not likely to influence the Labor Party as much. I think that is true. But they are prepared to trade off for what will clearly roll down the path that America has gone in the democratic system, where basically parties can be purchased and the influence is done with money. They are prepared to trade it off so that they can shaft a few minor little parties. That is what is really sad.

Mr Stefaniak's amendment to Mr Stanhope's amendment agreed to.

Question put:

That Mr Stanhope's amendment, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

	 Ayes 10   			Noes 5

 Mr Berry  	Mr Quinlan  		Mr Kaine  
 Mrs Burke  	Mr Smyth  		Mr Moore   
 Mr Corbell  	Mr Stanhope  		Mr Osborne
 Mr Cornwell  	Mr Stefaniak  		Mr Rugendyke
 Mr Humphries  	Mr Wood  		Ms Tucker

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 13, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 14 agreed to.

Clause 15.

MS TUCKER (9.16): I ask for leave to move my amendments Nos 4, 5 and 6 circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

MS TUCKER: I move my amendments Nos 4, 5 and 6 [see schedule 5 at page 1988]. I will speak to these amendments together as they all relate to the one point. The main amendment is No 4.

This amendment was developed in response to the new provision that the commissioner must reject candidates whose names are frivolous or assumed for a political purpose. In the explanatory memorandum the government provided various examples of such names. While such names may sound frivolous to us, the people who

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