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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (15 June) . . Page.. 1945 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

requirements. For that reason I will support Mr Moore's amendment, even though it is obviously not going to win.

MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services) (10.20): Whilst we are asking parties, MLAs and associated entities to declare what they have spent their money on, we are doing it for figures above $500. It is a sensible thing. We are not saying that every time somebody uses petty cash to buy Coke, bread or something along those lines for workers they have to declare that. It is specifically about amounts above $500.

Mr Stefaniak, you did not recognise that this was part of your own amendments, judging by your reaction, as I read it in the media. It might be time to say, "We probably made a mistake. This can stay in and I will support my friend Mr Moore's wonderful amendment."

Question put:

That Mr Moore's amendment to Mr Stefaniak's amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 5  			Noes 10

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

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (10.25): I move the amendment circulated in my name to Mr Stefaniak's amendment No 3 [see schedule 6, part 2, at page 1991]. I do not believe that the Liberal Party will be supporting this amendment; so, for it to pass, it will require the support of the Independents. Having regard to the nature of the debate tonight, I know that I will get it.

This amendment reinstates a provision that was removed by a retrospective amendment to the Electoral Act last year. It reinserts into the act the requirements in relation to annual returns by parties and MLAs. As members will recall, the return which each MLA provides must state the amount received by or on behalf of the party, ballot groups or MLA during the financial year, together with the particulars required under section 232 (1) of the amounts received. My amendment is to proposed section 230 (3). The bill provides in subsection 2 (a) that an amount is received by or on behalf of an MLA only if the amount is a gift received by the MLA in his or her capacity as an MLA. My amendment removes that subsection and replaces it with a provision that we had last year before the retrospective amendment removed it, so that all MLAs in this place, all of us, would be required to disclose all of our income from whatever source.

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