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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 2649..


I note that Mrs Dunne reiterates the lie that the feed-in tariff cost is already being passed on to consumers at a level of $210 or so a year. That is simply wrong. It is wrong in fact, and Mrs Dunne should know it. And she should call Mr Seselja to account for continuing to perpetuate it. The pass-through cost of the feed-in tariff is not $200 a year

Mrs Dunne: Point of order.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Stop the clocks, please?

Mrs Dunne: Mr Corbell said that I perpetuated the lie. That is unparliamentary. He said that I have lied and he needs to withdraw the comment. He also needs to withdraw the implication that Mr Seselja has lied. Mr Seselja is not here to defend himself.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Corbell?

MR CORBELL: I withdraw the term "lie". Mrs Dunne needs to stop perpetuating the false claim that the feed-in-tariff has already been passed through to the order of over $200 a year to ACT customers. It is not true. It is false. It is incorrect. It is a misleading and deliberately false claim being made by those opposite.

Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. You really have to call Mr Corbell to order. He has withdrawn "lie"and then accused us of making misleading claims in the Assembly. That is something that can only be done with a substantive motion. Mr Corbell needs to withdraw, and I would advise that he needs to be instructed upon what is parliamentary in this place.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Corbell?

MR CORBELL: What is your ruling, Madam Deputy Speaker?

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I thought you were going to say something; that is why I paused.

Mrs Dunne: He has to withdraw.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: You need to withdraw the imputation.

MR CORBELL: I withdraw the imputation, but the only people who really should be called to account on this issue are the Liberals, continuing to make the claim that feed-in tariff costs have been passed through to Canberra consumers to the order of over $200 a year, when it is false, when it is wrong. They only need to read the latest ICRC report to know that it is false and it is wrong. It has not been passed through at anywhere near the order that is suggested by Mrs Dunne. We will continue to hold the Liberals to account for putting forward such false and misleading claims to the Canberra community.


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