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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 4 Hansard (25 March) . . Page.. 1562..


MR ASSISTANT (continuing):

this place is that a second one is an automatic naming. I do not want to do that, so please help me out a bit here. Secondly, Mr Hanson, you are making a series of statements, and that is fine, but you have not indicated how you were misrepresented. Could you do that, please?

MR HANSON: I was misrepresented, Mr Assistant Speaker, in that I was called a liar and my good name—and that, I also believe, of the archbishop—was besmirched. If Mr Stanhope and Ms Gallagher were calling me a liar—I can point to evidence where that is entirely false, because the term of the lease is 88 years—it was a false allegation. For them to call me a liar is something that I am robust and happy with—it has been withdrawn in this chamber—but they are also calling the archbishop a liar. The implication is—

Mr Corbell: On a point of order—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you very much, Mr Corbell; I understand. Mr Hanson, the standing orders do not provide an opportunity for people to make a statement under standing order 46 in respect of another party. If you have concluded, we will move on.

MR HANSON: Mr Speaker, I will conclude. I just make the point, finally, that it is a term of 88 years. That is where I got it from. I would like to make it very clear that neither I nor any other member of the opposition received either the letter that was written by the government to the archbishop or the letter from the archbishop to the government until we were provided with those documents by the government. Any allegation to the—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I am sorry. I am going to have to conclude this one now. It is not a matter of personal explanation.

Accountable government

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Mr Speaker has received letters from Ms Bresnan, Mr Coe, Mr Doszpot, Mrs Dunne, Mr Hanson, Mr Hargreaves, Ms Hunter, Ms Le Couteur, Mr Seselja and Mr Smyth proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Mr Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Mr Coe be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of honest, open and accountable government.

Mr Doszpot: Mr Speaker, can I just make an explanatory statement? I think it is important to realise that this is Mr Coe's first MPI since he has been in this place.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, I thank you very much. I am sure that Mr Coe enjoys the congratulations of the chamber.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.04): I worked out there would have been a 96.5 per cent chance of me getting an MPI before this date. It has taken me 35 MPI submissions,


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