'The fact that the election is now over means that the uncertainty surrounding who would be in the government has been removed and that is good' - Mark O'Brien, head of Australian equities at the Australian Mutual Provident Society, following John Howard's conservative coalition win. 'Trafalgar [House] was a poor acquisition. It was an abysmal acquisition. Awful' - Archie Hart, deputy managing director of Crosby Securities (Hong Kong), greeting the welcome news that Hongkong Land (Holdings) had agreed to off-load its 26 per cent stake in the troubled UK conglomerate to Norway's Kvaerner, having produced nothing but losses for the Hong Kong property developer over the past few years. 'At all times during my tenure on the board of Chesterfield, I was merely a non-executive member of the board and, in such capacity, had consistently discharged my duties to the company' - David Tang Wing-cheung, in response to news he was being sued for $287 million by Chesterfield for allegedly breaching fiduciary duty during his tenure as a director and chairman of MKI Corp and its former associate company Chesterfield. 'Mr Lee is no innocent abroad. He is an astute wheeler-dealer' - Judge Sweeney, after acquitting a $14 million theft case against a former Excel-In employee, claiming he could not fully trust the prosecution witnesses. Excel-In is controlled by Malaysian business tycoon Lee Ming Tee, whose family are major shareholders in the Allied Group and were alleged in district court last week to have repeatedly misled official investigators appointed by the Financial Secretary to probe Allied and other companies.