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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 8 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 2333..


MR HANSON: Well, pretty unusual, I think. The government has embarked on a disproportionately high carbon reduction renewable energy target. This is something we have talked about in this place before. It is disproportionately high. The carbon emissions target is eight times the national target. This government are talking about debts, talking about deficits and talking about doing everything they can to manage this budget, but at the same time are having another conversation with another constituency which is pretty small in this town—about 10 per cent of Greens—about how much they love 40 per cent, how much they love light rail, how much they love 90 per cent renewables, how much they hate plastic bags and how much they love solar feed-in tariff. The reality is, though, that the reason they are having that conversation is that they are trying to appease a constituency of one—that is, the sometimes minister, sometimes crossbencher and, as we have seen today, the sometimes Speaker of this Assembly.

Mr Coe: He's a man for all seasons.

MR HANSON: He is, indeed, a man for all seasons, Mr Coe. He seems to be someone who wants to play on both sides of the football team and be the referee at the same time. But because of the government's decision to appease that individual and that small section of the community, they are driving the ACT on a very expensive course of carbon reduction that is disproportionate. The full cost of that the government will not expose. The full cost of that is impossible to determine, and we still do not know the facts.

Mr Corbell: You refuse to read the document. You are absolutely atrocious on this issue. You really are. You are absolutely atrocious.

Mr Barr: More atrocious than normal.

Mr Corbell: It's pathetic.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Corbell! Stop the clock, please. Mr Corbell, I ask you to keep silent while Mr Hanson is speaking. He has the floor. You will have your opportunity to voice your opinions at a later stage in the debate. Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Thanks, Madam Deputy Speaker. Simon Corbell with his little tantrum there is quite illustrative of a sore point. We saw one earlier from Mr Barr when he stormed out of this chamber. "How dare people question my budget! I am the great transformer. How dare people question me!"I am not sure whether we will come up with an appropriate name for Mr Corbell. I recall his old "monergy"thing. Certainly—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Hanson! Stop the clock, please. Mr Hanson, you are not debating different nicknames for those on the government benches. You are here to debate your own motion, so be relevant to your motion, please. We have already had this discussion with Madam Speaker about calling people other than their proper names. Just get back to the motion, please.


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