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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 13 Hansard (31 October) . . Page.. 4075..


of view, was just to secure Mr Rattenbury support for government. From Mr Rattenbury's point of view, it is really just to send a message to his base on whatever probably gets raised at the latest Greens party meeting when they are dissatisfied with his particular stance on animal liberation or whatever it might be.

No doubt this is something that perhaps came out of a Greens party meeting. Certainly a number of the Greens members that we have spoken to from the party have expressed their dissatisfaction with the fact that Mr Rattenbury sold out to the Labor Party. We know that he has a bit of trouble inside his party, and this is all part of that political mechanism.

I watch on with some bemusement as to how this all plays out. I would have thought that a simple memo internally could have addressed these issues, but Mr Rattenbury just wants to telegraph this to his base. I understand that this is a political environment. Let us just be very aware that this is what is playing out. I think this is a bit of a nonsense but we will not be obstinate—although we do, I note, which is rare in this place, have the numbers.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (10.58), in reply: In closing, and for clarification, I should note that this motion does come from the admin and procedures committee.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Legislative Assembly—proposed commissioner for standards

Debate resumed from 24 October 2013, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That the following continuing resolution be adopted:

COMMISSIONER FOR STANDARDS

That this Assembly requests the Speaker to appoint a Legislative Assembly Commissioner for Standards on the following terms:

(1) Before appointing a Commissioner the Speaker must consult with the Chief Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and Crossbench Members.

(2) The Commissioner may be dismissed only following a resolution of the Legislative Assembly resolving to require the Speaker to end the Commissioner's appointment—

(a) for misbehaviour; or

(b) for physical or mental incapacity, if the incapacity substantially affects the exercise of the Commissioner's functions.

However, a motion for such a resolution may only be debated after the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure has reported to the Assembly that it is satisfied that the Commissioner is unfit for the office or unable to fulfil the Commissioner's functions.


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