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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 6 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1712..


Mr Rattenbury: No, it's just that you're grubby.

MR HANSON: I would ask that the—

MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down. Mr Rattenbury, you will withdraw the word "grubby".

Mr Rattenbury: I withdraw the reference to Mr Hanson being grubby, as I understand it is unparliamentary, if not accurate.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Rattenbury, I will ask you to withdraw in an unequivocal way according to the standing orders.

Mr Rattenbury: Yes, Madam Speaker. Of course, it should have been unequivocal. I withdraw.

MR HANSON: We might be getting under their skin, I think. It just shows the ridiculous nature of what this government—

MADAM SPEAKER: Perhaps stick to the question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I appreciate that. Fundamentally, that last point I think goes to why, from our side of the chamber, we are right not to trust this government. We are right not to trust what they bring forward. We know that from the Greens, from the Labor left, from the union that supports this government, there is an ideological dislike for certain sections of the school community. We know that there is a Labor left motion that referred to non-public schools as divisive in our community. We know that that was something that the Labor left, from which the Chief Minister comes, was pushing forward.

Ms Burch: A point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please, Clerk.

Ms Burch: Can I ask what the relevance of what goes on in a Labor conference is to this debate?

MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order, the issue of the views of members of the government benches in relation to non-government schools has been exercised in this place on a number of occasions in relation to education debates. This is a debate about education funding. I think that the comments are in order.

MR HANSON: I refer to the Chief Minister's comments in her speech. She said words to the effect that we will get less than other jurisdictions. There is no debate about that. She is saying quite clearly that, in relative terms, in per capita terms, we are going to get less than other jurisdictions. I am not surprised that other jurisdictions are signing up, because Premier O'Farrell is getting a good deal—certainly, relative to us.


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