Page 3696 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 26 August 2009

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sprung. Brendan Smyth got sprung by a college student. Ms Hunter was there at the time. The guy was at the back of the room at the Lake Tuggeranong college, and he sprung him about his environmental credentials and about taking the money out of the prison and putting it into the hospitals. He actually got sprung by a college student. How good was that? No wonder you did not win that election. No wonder you are the only minister in this place ever to lose one. No wonder.

Mr Smyth: We’ll see.

MR HARGREAVES: “We’ll see”, he says, and his voice goes up to middle C yet again. Good on you.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, on a point of order, the question is about why Mr Hargreaves has squandered an opportunity over the last eight years rather than Mr Smyth’s election results.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves, Mr Smyth is not relevant to this debate.

MR HARGREAVES: I have not squandered any opportunities at all, because, in fact, I followed the lead of my colleagues here and have picked up a prison system that we can actually build on and through which we can actually reform and remake people. We can actually give them a restorative opportunity in their lives. I am rather tickled by the thought of being lectured by these guys when you consider that I have already tabled their prison policy—please turn over on both sides of the paper. I still wait to see one. How can these guys have the temerity to stand in this place and lecture me? I am trying to save lives and provide restorative justice measures for these people when Mr Hanson has no policy, no idea and no hope. This is the next leader of the Liberal Party, with no policies! Look at this. If you want to lead them, mate, lead them from the front, not from behind. You are leading them from behind, Jeremy. Get on with it. The whole of Canberra is waiting for you. Take it over while you have got the chance, mate. Stop making a complete goose of yourself and take his job. Mr Motormouth awaits you.

Gaming—sale of Labor clubs

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, the Canberra Labor Club Group has proposed to sell its clubs. Indeed, the sale had been agreed to in principle some weeks ago, although that transaction has now been put on hold, if not abandoned. Treasurer, what duties and other indirect taxes are payable to the ACT government arising from the sale of a licensed club?

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I have not actually taken any advice on that. Now that Mrs Dunne has raised it, I will take advice and provide the Assembly with the details.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary question?

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. While you are taking advice, Treasurer, what effect would variations in the value of any underlying assets have on duties or taxes that would be payable to the ACT government?

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