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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 10 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 2837 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

Now we go back to the selective interpretation of why you blokes did not sort it out. Trust me. Despite your demagogic representation out there before the rally, the drag people think your lot are in the main responsible for this. They have got you down. You are in the frame for being the cause of them being in the position they are in. They have come to us, and they are asking us to try to undo it. Trust me. Those who represent the dragway believe that you are it.

They certainly want to bring pressure upon this government, as you would. You play the political game. They have sought the assistance of Alan Jones. I was in Melbourne and saw him on television on Friday morning. I saw that little bit. He was wrong in the claims he made. I am assuming, Mr Pratt, that you wish to associate yourself with the incorrect utterances of Alan Jones.

Immediately before the election, the ALP had communicated its position quite clearly. What more do you want?

Mr Humphries: We want an answer to the question. That is all we want.

MR QUINLAN: You want a particular answer.

MR PRATT: Given all that, Mr Quinlan, can you understand why dragway supporters in the ACT think the Labor Party has acted in bad faith on this issue, a point which you have not been able to refute?

MR QUINLAN: That is probably the most important question that has been asked in question time today. Yes, I do believe there are people in this town who believe that the ALP made a commitment for land or funding for a dragway before the election. They have been misled.

Mr Smyth: How did they get that impression?

MR QUINLAN: For one, Mr Greg Cornwell went out before them and said, "I understand promises have been made."

Mr Cornwell: You have quoted me correctly.

MR QUINLAN: I have quoted him correctly. Of course the crowd would hear, "Promises were made." Your Mr Cornwell misled the crowd. Your Mr Cornwell misled people in the ACT a week ago.

Yes, Mr Pratt, I firmly believe there are people in the ACT who think we made a commitment to both land and money. I believe that in large part that is down to your lot misleading them.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper, Mr Speaker.

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