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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3381 ..


Mr Wall: That is a lie and you know it.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: In doing so, those opposite stand against the migrant women—

Mr Gentleman: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, minister. Yes, a point of order?

Mr Gentleman: Madam Speaker, Mr Wall just called across the chamber that that is a lie. Those words are not to be used in this place. He should withdraw that imputation.

Mr Wall: Madam Speaker, if the member opposite wants to put words in my own mouth, I ask that she actually be accurate in her quote.

MADAM SPEAKER: Did you put across the chamber that that is a lie?

Mr Wall: Yes, Madam Speaker, and it is.

MADAM SPEAKER: Then you will withdraw that, thank you.

Mr Wall: I will bring a substantive motion later if I feel—

MADAM SPEAKER: No, you will withdraw it now.

Mr Wall: I withdraw.

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Stephen-Smith.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: In their approach, those opposite stand against the migrant women doing piecework in the textile industry, who are represented by the manufacturing division of the CFMMEU. They oppose improved workplace safety, preferring company profits. In doing so, they stand against the seafarers represented by the maritime division of the CFMMEU.

They abhor unions because they take some of the power from the boardroom and give it to workers. In doing so, they stand against the formworker represented by the construction division of the CFMMEU. Like my colleagues in this place, I am proud to stand for workers' rights to organise and to be represented by their union. I am proud to stand for freedom of association.

The motion, in my view, is completely out of order but it warranted a strong response to stand up for unions and the Labor movement and for everything that they have achieved against the wishes of the conservatives and the Liberals.

MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (10.21): We in this place should be upholding the highest level of integrity, especially in our dealings with constituents


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