Page 970 - Week 03 - Thursday, 28 February 2013

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MADAM SPEAKER: You could assert that it may be.

MR CORBELL: I assert—

MADAM SPEAKER: You might advise me that that could be a point that I would take.

MR CORBELL: The code of conduct refers to financial or other material benefit. It does not—

Members interjecting—

MR CORBELL: What is Mr Smyth suggesting? That is a frivolous and silly point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think that the minister should proceed with answering the question, being mindful of the fact that he should keep within his ministerial responsibilities as the minister for regulatory services.

MR CORBELL: Indeed. I have received a complaint from a concerned member of the Liberal Party ACT Division, raising concerns about the division’s obligations under the Associations Incorporation Act, which I am responsible for.

Mr Smyth: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please, Clerk.

Mr Smyth: On the point of order, the minister has changed his story. He said that ORS had received a complaint. He has just said he has received a complaint.

MR CORBELL: No; I did not say that.

Mr Smyth: Perhaps he could clarify which it is.

MADAM SPEAKER: I do not think there is a point of order. I heard Mr Corbell say initially that he had received a complaint.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I know that those opposite are unhappy with the disaffected rump in their party, but the fact is that these people are raising complaints with the government and they are raising complaints in relation to the operation of the Associations Incorporation Act. Clearly the circumstances—

Members interjecting—

MR CORBELL: They do not like it, do they, Madam Speaker? They do not like it. The circumstances surrounding these complaints are that a member was denied procedural fairness in terms of the conduct of the Liberal Party and whether or not he was able to vote in the recent preselection, between Mr Seselja and Senator

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