Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 8 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2903..
MR SESELJA (continuing):
When that was put to the Chief Minister and his office, they essentially said they were not telling the truth; they said that is not the reason; the reason is the global financial crisis. Why a member would—
Mr Corbell: You're a shocker, Zed.
MR SESELJA: What part of it is not true? Mr Corbell interjects. How disgraceful is it for the Chief Minister's office, who actually were told before the election, not to tell anyone. I will go to some of the quotes. They would not tell anyone. And they get caught out. What is their response? They call them liars; the other people must not be telling the truth. That is the implication of what was said. There is no other implication that you could draw. "No, what they said was not true; it was the global financial crisis."It is absolutely disgraceful behaviour.
It actually fits in with the pattern of behaviour and the misrepresentation that we saw in estimates on other issues from the Chief Minister, to the extent that the estimates committee actually had to write to builders to correct the record because the Chief Minister could not be straightforward and truthful with them and had to misrepresent what was being said.
Mr Corbell: Point of order.
MR SESELJA: Could you stop the clock, Mr Speaker?
MR SPEAKER: Stop the clock.
Mr Corbell: Mr Seselja has asserted that the Chief Minister was not truthful.
Mr Smyth: No, he said "not straightforward".
Mr Corbell: No. He said he was not truthful. That is disorderly and unparliamentary and I would ask you to ask Mr Seselja to withdraw. It is an improper imputation. The imputation is that Mr Stanhope lied, and that is an imputation. It is disorderly and he should withdraw it.
MR SESELJA: Mr Speaker, on the point of order—
MR SPEAKER: On the point of order, yes?
MR SESELJA: I was referring to conclusions drawn by the estimates committee which talked about—
Mr Corbell: No, you said—
MR SESELJA: Yes, I was. You will have to read Hansard.
Mr Corbell: You are outrageous.
MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Corbell! Mr Seselja has the floor. We can come back to you.