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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 10 Hansard (14 August) . . Page.. 2983..


In closing, we will not be supporting the amendments because they do not go to the nub of the issue. I stand by what we say, and we should all agree on it here. We support the ACT public service. The Chief Minister should not be threatening them. We want to see a strong and vibrant public service. And we should all be honest about what is happening, whether we are Labor, Liberal or Green.

Mr Gentleman's amendment to Mr Barr's proposed amendments agreed to.

Question put:

That the amendments, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8 Mr Barr Ms Gallagher Mr Coe Ms Lawder Ms Berry Mr Gentleman Mr Doszpot Mr Smyth Dr Bourke Ms Porter Mrs Dunne Mr Wall Ms Burch Mr Rattenbury Mr Hanson Mr Corbell Mrs Jones

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call Mr Doszpot, I would like to draw members' attention to a quote from Erskine May's Treatise on the Laws, Privileges, Proceedings and Usage of Parliament on page 499 of House of Representatives Practice, where May says:

Good temper and moderation are the characteristics of parliamentary language. Parliamentary language is never more desirable than when a Member is canvassing the opinions and conduct of his opponents in debate.

I would like to draw members' attention to that, as that is how we aspire to conduct debates in this place. I was listening to the debate and on all sides it was pretty unedifying. I lost count of the number of times the word "hypocrisy"was used. "Hypocrisy"has from time to time been ruled as unparliamentary, but for the most part it has not. But I think that members should reflect on whether they can conduct themselves in a better way than they have this morning. I call Mr Doszpot.

Retirees—challenges

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (12.02): I move

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:


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