Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 4 May 2022) . . Page.. 1208 ..
MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.02): On the point of order, Mr Assistant Speaker, it is clearly a debating point. I think that if you are attacking Western military equipment, saying that it should be defunded, in essence, that is clearly a debating point. That is the effect of Mr Braddock’s policy. It is clearly the effect of his policy. Not only does he want to defund the Ukrainian people; he would like to defund the Australian Defence Force. He said it: that their plan is to cut $300 billion out of the ADF and to get rid of the defence industry. So there is no point of order; it is a debating point.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Pettersson): There is no point of order, Mr Braddock.
MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (4.01): In closing, I am going to refer to one of those radical—
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Braddock, we are closing the debate.
Mr Hanson: It’s not your motion, mate.
MR BRADDOCK: We haven’t had a vote yet on my amendment.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: We are doing it now.
MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.02): I am just wondering if this is on the amendment or whether there is going to be a closing, because I want to close.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Members, the question before us is that Mr Braddock’s amendment to Mr Hanson’s amended motion be agreed to. Our path relies on the outcome of that vote.
MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.04): Democracy is what we all do here. In The Friends of Voltaire, Hall wrote the phrase “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” We are all entitled to our views—yes, I agree. We are all entitled to our positions.
Mr Barr, I am thankful to you and your party that you have held the line here. You have to walk a difficult path of, hopefully, clinging to some reason whilst also appeasing your coalition colleagues, and you have navigated that today. I am not encumbered by that; the Greens are not my coalition partner and they never will be my coalition partner. I think if you listened to what Mr Braddock said today in his speech, it is clear why we would never do a deal with the devil. You, in the Labor Party, have decided to. But when you listen to the—
Mr Davis: The devil!
MR HANSON: It is a turn of phrase, Mr Davis. Do not be offended by everything.