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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 15 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 5619..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

I put down their policy: please turn over on both sides. Why was it? He was the Leader of the Opposition that says, "Well, you know, these blokes are wrong—but we haven't got a policy."

Mr Coe: Three years to go, John.

MR HARGREAVES: This is it: Alistair Coe defends the guy. Do you know why it is? Because while he is defending him, he is lulling this guy into a false sense of security. I know that you are being groomed for the deputy leadership, old mate. This bloke is sitting here with a grin—look at this. He has eaten somebody's canary, this bloke. You are a canary eater, Mr Hanson. You have got feathers coming out of your mouth. That is your problem. You know it is true and I know it is true. The Greens know it is true, and I am really pleased, because when you sit in that chair there is going to be no Liberal-Green agreement; there will not be as long as he comes out there and attacks people, with no basis in fact. He says, "Whom will I attack this week?"

Mr Coe: It was in response to Joy.

MR HARGREAVES: But he could have attacked me—bring it on! If the guy is going to be in short pants in this place and he is scurrying up the ladder of hypocrisy, taking it to new heights, why doesn't he pick on someone his own size? I am here, and I am happy to take him on any time, day or night.

Opposition members interjecting

MR HARGREAVES: No. That is because you guys are just waiting for him to fall flat on his face before you can take over. I heard a rumour that Mr Doszpot was going to do it, but I do not reckon he has got enough mongrel in him to do that job. Certainly, the current Leader of the Opposition is not short on mongrel, but I do not think he has got very much in the way of leadership. However, the colonel over here has got heaps of leadership and if I am scared of anybody here—Alistair Coe, Jeremy Hanson; I am not scared of you, Steve, because I love you dearly—and I am scared of the—(Time expired.)

Artist/Proof exhibition

Ms Bianca Elmir

Planning—Tuggeranong and Erindale

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (6.50): I am sorry to break up this wonderful adversarial debate we are having across the chamber but I do have something that I would actually like to talk about.

I want to mention the great honour I had of launching, along with Mary Durkin, the Disability and Community Services Commissioner, the Artist/Proof exhibition at the Belconnen Arts Centre on Friday, 4 December. It was in honour of International Day of People with a Disability and it was a wonderful exhibition that really showcased the abilities of people with a disability in the ACT and what a wonderful contribution they are making to the arts in the ACT.


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