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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3304 ..


MR BARR: No, I didn't. I can advise members—

Opposition members interjecting—

Ms Berry: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you resume your seat, Chief Minister?

Ms Berry: In addition to the constant interruptions, it is the constant badgering by those opposite that makes it very difficult for anybody to hear a question, let alone answer it.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members of the opposition, please refrain. Chief Minister, do you have anything else to add?

MR BARR: I was attempting to make the point that the Labor Party takes its policymaking responsibilities seriously. We do have a significant process throughout each calendar year that culminates in an annual conference where both general resolutions and platform changes are debated by the Labor Party membership.

It remains the case in the ACT branch, as it is across the nation, that it is the responsibility of the parliamentary party and the executive to determine both the implementation and time frame of any policy commitment that is made by the Labor Party. We do respect our rank and file members' and our affiliates' role in assisting in policy development. We do not just ignore our branch members and we do not—

Mr Coe: You did ignore them throughout the—

MR BARR: run around the place voting to privatise the ABC and then to hide from those decisions in this place.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Kikkert, please be mindful of my comments when you put this supplementary together.

MRS KIKKERT: Chief Minister, did the walkout of the right faction at the conference have an impact on policy decisions that will impact the government's agenda?

MR BARR: No.

MR COE: A supplementary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe. And you be mindful as well, if I may say so.

MR COE: I always am, Madam Speaker; always. Chief Minister, has the government or the cabinet taken any instructions from the recent ACT Labor Party conference?


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