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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1484..


MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (3.46): Madam Assistant Speaker—

Mr Hanson: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker—

MR CORBELL: I would ask you to stop the clock, Madam Assistant Speaker.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Lawder): Stop the clock.

Mr Hanson: Mr Rattenbury just interjected with the word "sanctimonious". I would ask him to withdraw. I was asked to withdraw on a similar interjection last week and I ask you to ask him to withdraw.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson. I did not actually hear that. Mr Rattenbury, do you have—

Mr Rattenbury: I am happy to. I just did so, but I thought Mr Hanson's contribution was a sanctimonious number. I do not believe that to be an unparliamentary term, but I will take your guidance.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you. I do recall the same conversation last week and at that time Madam Deputy Speaker did ask the person to withdraw.

Mr Rattenbury: On that basis, I will, of course, withdraw.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Rattenbury.

MR CORBELL: I am amused and dismayed, I have to say, to hear that apparently the problem here in the ACT when it comes to job cuts by the Tony Abbott Liberals is the ACT Labor government. Apparently we are the problem. How extraordinary! We hear Mr Hanson say you have got to be positive. Indeed, we do have to demonstrate confidence in our city. This government will do so and has done so.

Let us look at Mr Hanson's lecture and compare it with the comments of his Liberal counterparts in other jurisdictions. We have got Mike Baird, the Liberal Premier in New South Wales, Mr Hanson's colleague in the Liberal leadership team across the federation, saying: "This is a kick in the guts. This budget is a kick in the guts for New South Wales."We have got Campbell Newman, the Liberal National Party Premier, Mr Hanson's leadership colleague in Queensland, saying, "These cuts are not acceptable."We have got Premier Napthine, Mr Hanson's Liberal leadership colleague down in Victoria, saying that Victoria is extremely concerned. A number of premiers are now calling for an emergency meeting of COAG to discuss the impact of the budget, and its cuts to health and education, on state and territory health and education budgets.

This is the consequence of the betrayal of the Australian people by Mr Abbott and the Liberals. Remember "No surprises; no excuses?"Remember that? Remember "No new taxes,""No charges,""No cuts to education,""No cuts to health,""No changes


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