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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 9 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 3973..


MS HUNTER (continuing):

(c) report to the Assembly on the progress by the end of 2010.

Mr Hanson: Madam Assistant Speaker, on a point of order, the forms of this place that were agreed to by the whips were that the Assembly would adjourn at 9 pm. I have had no agreement from the other whips that there is any change to that. My understanding is that the motion that the Assembly do now adjourn should be put.

Ms Gallagher: You are not a minister, so you cannot adjourn it.

Mr Hanson: No, I know I cannot but—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): This is something that a minister must move.

Mr Hanson: I understand that but it is 9 o'clock and—

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker, there was discussion, actually. This is not the truth. There was discussion between the whips. Two of the whips agreed that we would go at least to the conclusion of Ms Hunter's motion, and Mr Hanson decided not to. Those opposite decided to filibuster until they were blue. This is the penalty they pay.

Mr Hanson: Madam Assistant Speaker, on a point of order, can I clarify whether we will be going through the entire motion. I have an important adjournment speech I want to make regarding the death of a soldier in Afghanistan and I would rather not have that deferred to a later date.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I cannot call for the adjournment. A minister moves. Until that happens, the debate is in progress and Ms Hunter has the floor.

MS HUNTER: Thank you, Madam Assistant Speaker. At the end of 2006 two papers were released by the Australia Institute. These papers raised the issues of the sexualisation of children in Australia. These reports were intended to bring this issue into the public consciousness where previously—

Mr Hanson: Your priorities are up your arse.

MS HUNTER: professionals' concerns at what was happening to our children had not made the media spotlight.

Mr Coe: You like it do you, Joy?

MS HUNTER: But I put this motion to the Assembly today as a means of maintaining the public debate—

Mr Coe: You are a rank amateur. You really are.


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