Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3463..
MR HARGREAVES (continuing):
Copy of email from Larry O'Loughlin, Operational Policy and Business Coordination, ACT NoWaste, to Lee-Anne Wahren, dated 21 August 2008.
Visit to see the HotRot in Action—Copy of article from TAMS Intranet, dated 21 August 2008.
Copies of photographs (3).
Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. I seek leave to make a statement in relation to Mr—
MR SPEAKER: That is not a point of order.
Mrs Dunne: You are quite right. I seek leave to make a statement in response. It will be a very brief statement.
Leave not granted.
MR SPEAKER: You sought leave generally to make a statement in response to Mr Hargreaves and leave was not granted.
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.28): I move:
That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Mrs Dunne from making a statement in relation to Mr Hargreaves' personal explanation.
This is again another sign of the churlishness of the Stanhope government, which is emblematic of everything that they stand for. What we have today is a simple request for a two-line statement to be introduced, but because the manager of government business is so churlish we will actually spend some time having a debate about whether or not I should have permission to make a statement.
It is very simple. Mr Hargreaves wants to cover his back because he is not up to date with what is going on in the ACT in relation to waste management. I actually sought leave to make a statement to clarify my position and to congratulate Mr Hargreaves for having some of his people get across the road many months after Mr Pratt and I had made the same journey. But, no, we have a churlish government that does not allow the forms of the house to apply to enable a member to make a simple statement like that. As a result we have to have a lengthy debate about the suspension of standing orders.
The minister is out of touch. The manager of government business is out of touch. He thinks that he can do anything that he likes. He spends all his time trying to push the boundaries of the forms of the house. At the same time, by pushing the boundaries of the forms of the house, he disrupts the free progress of things in the house. This is why we are now in a situation where, again, members of the opposition have to attempt to suspend standing orders to make simple statements.