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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 2 Hansard (17 February) . .

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fact that Mr Gentleman has raised a point of order in this place, because that is normal practice. Mr Doszpot, you may continue.

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. Through you, Madam Deputy Speaker, Mr Barr has a record of misrepresenting me from the very first year when I came into this place. The then Speaker had to—

Mr Gentleman: A point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Sit down. Stop the clock, please. What is your point of order, Mr Gentleman?

Mr Gentleman: It is about the use of the term "misrepresenting". It is inappropriate in this matter. I ask that he withdraw.

Mr Hanson: Madam Deputy Speaker, on the point of order—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: I am not sure that the word "misrepresenting" is on the list. It is a debating point. I would ask you to consider whether that is going to be another word that is ruled out. I am not sure whether that is a word that has been considered to be unparliamentary previously.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I will check with the Clerk. Mr Gentleman, the point of order is not upheld. However, Mr Doszpot, you know that there are normal practices that you can use. If you think that Mr Barr has misrepresented you then you need to use those proper channels and normal processes to do that in this place, rather than using it as a debating point.

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. There are points that I would like to address. I do not want to take away from the debate, which is about our senior citizens and about the people in need whose concessions are being threatened through Mr Barr's actions. But Mr Barr made certain comments about what I said which I find totally objectionable and wrong. Mr Barr does have a record of doing this over the years, but I will leave it at that point.

Mr Barr has to take responsibility for his own actions. It is beyond the pale to blame everyone else for what is happening and for his reasons for bringing in cuts to concessions. As everybody in the community knows, including the Mr Fluffy people, members of our community who are disadvantaged cannot get any action from this government—or from the Greens, for that matter.

Mr Barr indicated in his opening comments that his Labor government was committed to looking after people in need, but we all know that is pure rhetoric. Ask the people of Oaks Estate, one of the most disadvantaged parts of the community in Canberra, how much concern has been shown by Mr Barr or Mr Rattenbury for these communities. Ask about their reliance on concessions. Of course, those in Oaks Estate cannot use the transport concessions because they do not even have buses. But that is


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