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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1417 ..

MR STANHOPE: I think perhaps it is, Mrs Dunne. It is also the same Miss Ayson who was a candidate for Molonglo in the last election.

Mr Humphries: So that's why you didn't see her!

MR STANHOPE: No, I am just clarifying it. Mrs Dunne seems to be confused as to how many Miss Aysons there are, who represent the NFIB in the ACT. I am aware of a Miss or Mrs Pamela Ayson, who now represents the NFIB, who was a candidate for Molonglo in the last election.

Mrs Dunne: She has always represented the NFIB.

MR STANHOPE: From memory, I think she got 216 votes. I do not think she managed to even pass the donkey vote.

Mrs Dunne: Your memory of votes is not very good. You were pretty wrong about my votes in Kaleen.

MR STANHOPE: I am pleased you raised that, Mrs Dunne. I do apologise. Now that you have raised it, I will respond to that.

In the second-last round of reports from the Electoral Commissioner on that last election, I am sure I saw that, in that Kaleen booth, you got no votes. But I understand that was corrected and that, in fact, you got 54 votes. I apologise for the mistake.

Mrs Dunne: That was the number I needed to get elected.

MR STANHOPE: In one of those wondrous coincidences in life, I have pondered the fact that the 54 votes I lost for you at that Kaleen booth are precisely the number of votes by which Harold Hird insists he was dudded. I think the complaint to the commissioner was that Harold Hird lost 54 votes somewhere in the translation. It always seemed wondrously coincidental to me The number of votes you received in that particular Kaleen booth-a grand total of 54 in a suburb of 5,000 people-is exactly the same number of votes which you managed to defeat Harold Hird by.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, I note that Mr Stanhope did not answer the question.

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: this is a preamble to a supplementary question.


Mr Smyth: Very tetchy.

MRS DUNNE: Very tetchy. Minister, as you say that you are such a very busy person, do you think you could table your diary, for the sake of comparison?

MR STANHOPE: Is this a "you show me yours and I'll show you mine"?

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