Page 3010 - Week 07 - Thursday, 30 June 2011

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Mr Hargreaves: Point of order, Mr Speaker: I was not aware of any standing order which would require the opposition to be able to answer the question on behalf of the minister.

MR SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order. The minister is free to answer the question within the bounds of the standing order.

MS BURCH: Thank you. Where I was going was that there was $10,000. It is a known fact that the Canberra Liberals accessed $10,000 worth of funds from Volunteering ACT. Those funds were targeted through the second appropriation for community groups that were providing a direct benefit to organisations. I do know—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson!

MS BURCH: Whilst I do not have the details in front of me of what Mr Hargreaves has—

Mr Hanson: Hand back your pokie money.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson!

MS BURCH: You get pokie money. You do get that, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, under standing order 42, I ask that Ms Burch address the chair.


MS BURCH: Through you, Mr Speaker, I just remind those opposite that they do benefit from funds from gaming operators. They also, I believe, back in 2001, gained benefit from tobacco companies. They seem to think that every gamer in the ACT is a problem gambler.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Members, order! Ms Burch, I think it would be unhelpful for you to continue. The question, thank you.

MS BURCH: I will go to the question, Mr Speaker. I do know that SIDS and Kids, through the volunteer grants, got $1,700. I do know that People with Disability got $1,500. I do know that Karinya house got $2,000. It is a bit of a question as to whether those opposite can go to those organisations and look them in the eye and say that the Canberra Liberals are worth five times more than Karinya house and the Canberra Liberals are worth more than five times SIDS and Kids support. I would not have thought so. I think it is a shame.

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