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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 5843..


Attorney-General

Motion of censure

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (2.55): I seek leave to move a motion of censure against Minister Simon Corbell.

Leave not granted.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (2.55): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Hanson from moving a motion of censure of the Attorney-General.

Quite clearly this is an important matter. I appreciate that there will be some difference of opinion but through what has been heard through estimates hearings, through annual report hearings and through question time today, it is quite clear that there is some dispute about whether Mr Corbell has been honest about the capacity at the AMC, dating back through to 2006 and what was said—

Mr Hargreaves: Point of order, Mr Speaker. The question before the house is about the suspension of standing orders, not a substantive debate.

MR SPEAKER: The point of order is upheld: we are debating the suspension of standing orders, not engaging in a substantive debate.

MR HANSON: I am trying to explain why it is important.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hanson has the floor.

MR HANSON: My point is that there is a very substantive issue here about Mr Corbell misleading both the public and the Assembly. It is quite clear, through question time and through the previous other forums, that there have been misleads. I am convinced that he has been misleading the public.

We have heard the evidence here today. He has failed to provide adequate answers through question time, simply saying no to quite substantive questions. He gave contradictory answers to questions when he was asked to explain why he said that this jail would be adequate for 25 years but then in the answer to the very next question was explaining why he was retrofitting bunk beds into the same jail.

It is quite clear that this minister has been misleading the public and misleading the Assembly for a period of three years with regard to the capacity of the AMC. It is cut and dried. It is entirely appropriate that we go through—


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