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is just parroting words that have been prepared and scripted for him because his argument went from, “It’s going to take too long, seven to 10 years,” through to, “No, no, no; we’ve already done all the studies,” through to, “No, no, no; this isn’t it,” and then it goes to where you know people go to when they have run out, and that is a personal offensive attack.

Mr Gentleman literally started his response by talking about me bringing on a motion on behalf of Zed Seselja. Through you, Madam Speaker, to every single young female from a migrant background who comes into a position that they have worked hard to get into, to be a diverse voice in this place: to have a government minister offensively call me a puppet is disgusting.

I would call on every single member of Labor and the Greens to say what they think about that. Do many of them not say that the standard that you walk past is the standard that you accept? Is it okay for a government minister to be telling the elected leader of a party, who has had to face things that he has no idea about only to be in this place, that I am a mere puppet? It is disgusting, it is unministerial, and he needs to apologise.

I do not care that he said it to me, but it does matter what he said in this place because it sets an example for those out there. Madam Speaker, what happens to the thousands of young women of colour that may one day think, “Hey, perhaps I will have a place in Australian politics,” when they see that rubbish, that unacceptable behaviour, from a government minister? The only thing more shameful and embarrassing is that we all know he does not call the shots. So let us be honest: the Canberra Liberals will not be supporting Mr Ponton’s amendment.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 15

Noes 8

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Mr Cain

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Ms Castley

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Ms Lawder

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lee

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Milligan

Mr Gentleman

Mr Parton

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

MADAM SPEAKER: Before we go to standing committees, I just want to make the comment that, in the passion of debate, to make reference to and name a public

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