Minister For Police Licensed Premises Ownership

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SpeakersArmstrong Mr Ian; Whelan Mr Paul
BusinessQuestions Without Notice, QWN

Mr ARMSTRONG: My question is to the Minister for Police. Did the Sydney Cove Redevelopment Authority actively oppose his Orient Hotel being given a 24-hour licence, saying it would lead to an increase in alcohol abuse and result in a loss of safety throughout The Rocks, Millers Point and Sydney central business district areas? Why is there no complete public record of the Licensing Court proceedings on this sensitive issue regarding the Minister’s hotel?

Mr SPEAKER: Order! It is a longstanding rule of this House that Ministers cannot be asked questions about their personal affairs. Questions should be directed to matters within the administration of the Minister. The Minister may answer the question, but he should understand that if he chooses to do so, that may create difficulties for other Ministers who are entitled to the protection to which I have referred.

Mr WHELAN: I have advised the House repeatedly that I do not get involved in the day-to-day management of the Orient Hotel or, for that matter, any other interest that I have. Secondly, implicit in the question is an assertion of opposition by the Sydney Cove Redevelopment Authority to certain licensing of the hotel. I am unaware of any matters that relate to that. The Leader of the National Party also suggested towards the end of his question that some court papers are missing. I suggest he go straight from here to the Independent Commission Against Corruption and report that.