Page 2809 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 29 June 2011

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contributions gaming model and to ensure that in future political parties are not eligible to accept funds from community contributions schemes of poker machine operators?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, I am contemplating this. I am not sure that you can ask a supplementary question of a different minister.

MR SMYTH: We sought advice from the Clerk as to this matter. Perhaps you would like to consult with the Clerk. We were given advice that it was in order.

MR SPEAKER: That is not the advice I appear to be getting at the moment. One moment, members, thank you. Bear with me for one moment, members. I am consulting the standing orders.

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, whilst you are consulting the standing orders, could I also ask you to consult the standing orders on whether or not the minister has portfolio responsibility for the decisions around this question, please?

MR SPEAKER: I will add that to my list. Mr Smyth, my view is that I do not think you can approach a different minister but I am happy for your question to be directed to the Chief Minister, if you wish. Can we have the question again and focus it towards the Chief Minister, thank you.

MR SMYTH: All right. Perhaps I will—

Members interjecting

MR SMYTH: I can put it to the Chief Minister.

Ms Gallagher: I will answer with the same answer.

MR SMYTH: Then that would be inappropriate. I will change the start if you like, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister, will you apologise to those who have lost homes, families and loved ones to problem gaming just to fund your re-election campaigns?

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! The question has been asked.

MS GALLAGHER: I think the Liberal Party are trying to deflect some of the negative press that they have been receiving in their morally corrupt behaviour of applying for grants from the ACT government for emergency aid.

Mrs Dunne: Relevance, Mr Speaker.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The Chief Minister just referred to the Liberal Party as morally corrupt. I would ask whether that is an imputation under the standing orders and should it be withdrawn.

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