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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 5184 ..

Mrs Cross: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: that is another imputation. I have not misled anybody. That is misleading and needs to be withdrawn.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mrs Cross, no.

Mr Corbell: The Speaker has ruled on this.

Mrs Cross: Well, so you say. Who believes you, Simon?

MR SPEAKER: Order! It has always been customary in this place-

Mr Corbell: The Speaker has ruled on it consistently, Mrs Cross.

Mrs Cross: Who believes you?

MR SPEAKER: Order! I have always ruled out accusations that members in this place have misled the Assembly. It is another matter for accusations about misleading the community. I will allow that. It becomes a point of debate, really.

MS TUCKER: Thank you. Mrs Cross certainly misled the community because she put out a media release and spoke on radio and told the community that I had accepted an exchange of preferences for how I would vote. That is absolute nonsense. Unfortunately, Mrs Cross did not even bother to check her sources. I would like to see Mrs Cross withdraw and retract that, as I have asked her to do, but I have a feeling we are not going to see her show that grace.

Mr Corbell: Shame.

MS TUCKER: Yes, it is a shame. But, anyway, that is Mrs Cross' choice.

In conclusion, I would make one more point. I cannot see how this legislation will reduce the occurrence of problem gambling in the ACT. From what I can remember about her explanatory memorandum, I think the main point of Mrs Cross' bill is about political influence. I have addressed those issues. From memory, I think money going to the community was mentioned at the end of the explanatory memorandum. I have already addressed that issue as well, so I will conclude my speech.

MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (10.19): Mr Speaker, it certainly has been educational this evening to hear from Mr Corbell that the safeguard of democracy is disclosure. I am pleased that Mr Corbell put that on the table. Let's listen: the safeguard of democracy is disclosure.

I visited the Canberra Labor Club website to see how much it told its members-you and I will recall a visit to the Tradesmen's Club at Woden recently, Mr Speaker, for a social function, and what I did not see on any of the machines in that club-and Mr Corbell will no doubt jump to his feet and tell me they are certainly on the machines at the Labor Club-is a sign "Two cents out of every dollar you put in this machine goes to the Australian Labor Party."

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We acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as traditional custodians of the Canberra region. It is also an important meeting place for other Aboriginal peoples. We respect their continuing cultures and value the contribution they make to life in the ACT.