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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (6 August) . .

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are going to rule out the vast majority of questions that get asked by members on both sides of the chamber. Even "What disruption will the relocation of these pipes cause?" is a form of expressing an opinion. There are so many questions that are in fact going to be expressions of opinion. Ministers are in their role to exercise their judgement. It is for that reason that we think questions like this are appropriate.

MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order, I think that it is quite clear that the issue of vandalism on this occasion falls within Mr Rattenbury's purview, because it was vandalism of TAMS property and Mr Rattenbury, according to the quote that Ms Lawder used in her preamble, has already engaged in this. Therefore I will allow the question.

MR RATTENBURY: I think Ms Lawder has done a perfectly good job of recalling my views on this matter. She has quoted my comments and she has answered her own question.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Withdraw that, please, Mr Hanson.

Mr Rattenbury interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: No, he does not need to. He just needs to withdraw it.

Mr Hanson: Do I have to withdraw? I withdraw.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson. A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, why have you identified this act of civil disobedience as disappointing but not the Greenpeace CSIRO break-in in 2011?

MR RATTENBURY: Similar to my previous answer, as Ms Lawder has already quoted, I indicated my views in the Canberra Times on this matter.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, how is the 2011 Greenpeace vandalism different to the 2014 kangaroo cull inspired vandalism?

MR RATTENBURY: I have no comments to make on that.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what have these acts of vandalism cost the government to rectify?

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