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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . .

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I am also highly concerned that, unlike submissions made via the proper channels, the protections afforded to evidence submitted to committees was not present at the time of submission. I would also like to highlight that this page is then authorised by Alistair Coe.

For members who have not visited the Assembly website and read the submissions, I can confirm that several published by the PAC are clearly identified as coming from the haveyoursay.net.au website. As per the standing orders, the treatment of those submissions by the PAC is a matter for the PAC. On the other hand, the in-principle issue of having members here corrupting the evidence received by committees should be alarming for everyone.

There are several matters arising from this potential conspiracy in contempt of the Assembly that need consideration by a privileges committee.

At 6 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the debate was interrupted. The motion for the adjournment of the Assembly having been put and negatived, the debate was resumed.

MS CODY: Does this constitute interference with the Assembly, as was the case in 2004? Was this intended to improperly influence members in their committee work? How did Ms Lee and Miss C Burch come to distribute the contemptuous material? Did Mr Coe use his influence as leader of the Liberal Party to molest two new, inexperienced—

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Cody, can you just hold and resume your seat.

Mrs Dunne: I think that Ms Cody needs to withdraw that the material was contemptuous. That will be tested by a privileges committee.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you repeat what you have just said, Ms Cody?

MS CODY: Yes, "come to distribute the contemptuous material".

MADAM SPEAKER: What you believe to be.

MS CODY: What I believe to be contemptuous.

Mrs Dunne: If she says she believes it to be contemptuous, that is fine.

MS CODY: How did Ms Lee and Miss C Burch come to distribute the material that I believe is contemptuous?

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you.

Opposition members interjecting—


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