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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3515 ..


reason. This is precisely the sort of reason for which it might be used. I am pleased that the Assembly will be supporting the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Report 7

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Lee): On behalf of the Speaker, I present the following report:

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee—Report 7—The Conduct of Miss C. Burch MLA, dated 20 August 2018, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

MR WALL (Brindabella) (11.14): I move:

That the report be noted.

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (11.14): I wish to speak briefly on this as the complainant against Miss C Burch. In particular, I want to put on the record my thanks to the Commissioner for Standards for taking this very seriously. It certainly was not vexatious. I appreciate that he did not treat it as vexatious. In fact, certainly in my time here there have been very few investigations conducted by the Commissioner for Standards, even when complaints have been made. So I think that does point to the seriousness of the complaint that was made.

I certainly accept the findings but I want to draw members' attention to particular elements of this report, the hypocrisy that has particularly come about from it, and some of Miss C Burch's key points of defence, which I find particularly hilarious given what she happened to do yesterday. First of all, Miss C Burch continues to block me on her Facebook page.

Mr Coe: Oh, you have never blocked anyone, have you, Andrew?

MS CHEYNE: This is not about Mr Barr; this is about me.

Mr Wall: And you are talking about hypocrisy.

MS CHEYNE: Just you wait! Apparently, in Miss C Burch's defence—

Opposition members interjecting—

MS CHEYNE: Look, I am just quoting from the report of the Commissioner for Standards and what he said Miss C Burch said to him. Apparently, two comments on a Facebook post was trolling. Seriously, we are both Gen Y. I think we know the definition of trolling. Two factual comments on a Facebook page is not trolling.


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