Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 12 Hansard (12 November) . . Page.. 3426 ..
MR STANHOPE (continuing):
I might just say to the ABC that, while they have doubled the number of their staff and the amount of money that goes into the place down there on Northbourne Avenue, their ratings have dropped by 5 per cent. If Chris is looking for measures of how hard people are working based on output or outcome, I think he and the old breakfast show had better have a look at their ratings and the resources that are going there, and we will have a debate about how you measure-
Mr Smyth: Temper!
MR STANHOPE: It is actually addressed at you. I don't think it was addressed at the government; I think it was addressed at the opposition. You have shown that you could not work in an iron lung.
That is the reason you are now advertising far and wide for candidates. "Serve your community,"the Liberal Party begs. The Liberal Party is looking for dynamic Canberrans to run as endorsed parliamentary candidates.
There are some selection criteria if you want to be a Liberal candidate. "You need to show demonstrated team work."Mrs Cross, I do not wish to address you directly, but perhaps you could address us on how one demonstrates team work in the Liberal Party these days. It is perhaps something the Leader of the Opposition could tell us about. In order to be a Liberal candidate you must demonstrate team-working ability.
"You must have a commitment to individual liberty."That means you won't be expelled from the party if you exercise a conscience vote in the Assembly. "You must have dedication to individual liberty."So you have the right to exercise your conscience in the Liberal Party!
Mr Pratt: Mr Speaker, I have a point of order. That statement about civil issues is a misrepresentation of our wonderful philosophy.
MR SPEAKER: It is not a point of order. Resume your seat.
MR STANHOPE: "You must also show integrity and commitment."Then there is some fine print down at the bottom: "Computer skills would be an advantage, particularly-
Mr Cornwell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: could the Chief Minister also show some relevance to the matter of the question please?
MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order.
MR STANHOPE: I was just concluding on that point. "Integrity and commitment vital. Computer skills would be an advantage."