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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 2 Hansard (22 February) . . Page.. 647..


The problem for us is that this is a motion about us; it is not about the council, although the council should have been the recipient of the surety that this motion should have given them in this place. Instead, what it has turned into is everyone in the Labor Party and the Greens denying that they support the words, but none of them have the courage to hold the member to account for his words. That is the shame and that will reflect upon all of you for a long time.

It is most unfortunate that the critical parts of this motion have been amended out. But that happens when you have got the numbers. Such is politics. But what will linger is the double standard that has just been confirmed and set; that some members in this house can say and do what they want and will never be held to account and others will be condemned for the slightest whisper or utterance. You will be known for your double standard. I am disappointed that my motion has been amended so badly and so poorly.

Question put:

That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11: Mr Barr Dr Bourke Ms Bresnan Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Hargreaves Ms Hunter Ms Le Couteur Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 6: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mr Seselja Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Personal explanations

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement under standing order 46, as I claim to have been misrepresented.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne. Is this in relation to the previous matter?

MRS DUNNE: In the previous debate Ms Bresnan made a claim, which she made last Thursday and I thought last Thursday that I would let it go. But, seeing as she has repeated it, I will not let it go. She said that I came into the adjournment debate on one occasion and made dreadful comments about Mr Hargreaves's wife. That is something that I would never do and I ask Ms Bresnan to reflect on the Hansard and see whether her assertions are correct. I did mention Mr Hargreaves's wife in relation to the Labor Party preselection, only to say that Mr Hargreaves was advancing her cause and seeking support for her. I do not see how that could be considered to be a dreadful comment about Mr Hargreaves's wife.


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