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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 5844..

Mr Hargreaves: Point of order, Mr Speaker. You have already ruled on it, Mr Speaker; he is using substantiation of his motion. He needs to talk about why we should suspend standing orders, not prosecute his case.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order, Mr Hargreaves. Mr Hanson, you have the floor.

MR HANSON: I will not be speaking much longer. It is quite clear that a case has been made. I do not see why those opposite do not want to hear. All we can say is this: if Mr Corbell has a case that is so strong—if he has a case that he thinks he can defend—why doesn't he stand up and defend that case here in the Assembly? I think that he is scared of something. If he does have something to hide, that could be the only rationale for him preventing me from moving this motion here today.

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (2.58): I find this whole thing a bit of a joke really. We will not be supporting the suspension of standing orders; we will not be supporting the censure. It is the flimsiest basis for censure that I have seen the Liberals put up since they have been here. If Mr Hanson does not understand—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Bresnan has the floor.

MS BRESNAN: If Mr Hanson does not understand his own portfolio and cannot understand the policy of how prisons operate, that is not for us here in the chamber to facilitate so that he can get up and prosecute his arguments about this.

Mr Hanson: You are a liar. You are a liar.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hanson, I invite you to withdraw the assertion you just made across the chamber.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

MS BRESNAN: I will go to a couple of points Mr Hanson made. You asked a number of questions today in question time. Yes, the capacity is 300, but for a variety of reasons in the prison you may not be able to have that number. That has been outlined in estimates; it has been outlined in annual reports. It is outlined in—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Bresnan has the floor. Mr Hanson! Ms Bresnan, you have the floor.

Members interjecting—

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