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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 6 Hansard (12 May) . .

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Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call Mr Doszpot, I call the Leader of the Opposition to order and remind him that I have called him to order on a number of occasions. Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, did Minister Burch discuss with you her intention to describe these concerns as "playing politics 101"?

MR BARR: As I indicated in my answer to the Leader of the Opposition's opening salvo in this particular question, yes, this is an exercise in some use of muscle from the AEU. It is a masculine alpha male type response to an industrial dispute. But it is not uncommon in the context of EBA negotiations. As I say, Madam Speaker—

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order!

MR BARR: having been involved over the years in a number of EBA negotiations with the AEU, they are not unfamiliar tactics—

Mr Hanson: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson on a point of order. Can we stop the clock, please?

Mr Hanson: What the Chief Minister has intimated with the "alpha male" and other language is unparliamentary. He is accusing Glenn Fowler of bullying and being sexist.

MADAM SPEAKER: Unparliamentary language and epithets refer to the way that we address each other in this place. Of course, the standing orders and the companion do make the point that we need to be careful of the sorts of words that we use in relation to people who do not have the capacity to have a comeback in this place. I would ask members to be mindful of the standing orders and the form and practice in this place and be mindful that they need to be respectful of members of the community in the language that they use. The Chief Minister, on the question.

MR BARR: In relation to enterprise bargaining negotiations, they are often robust. It comes as no surprise to me, as I said, having experienced more than one EBA negotiation with the Australian Education Union over the last decade, that from time to time these issues become more robustly debated. This is one such example. But, to be very clear, the minister and I will meet with the AEU in due course to work through the remaining issues and see an enterprise bargaining agreement successfully struck for ACT teachers for the next four years.

Education—teacher concerns

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for education. Minister, I refer to the historic vote of no confidence in you by members of the Australian Education Union.


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