Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 June 2022) . . Page.. 1525 ..
activities undertaken by members and actions undertaken in the execution of their roles as members of the Assembly.” This shows clearly to us that we cannot always characterise with absolute precision what is and is not a political campaigning activity. It is our responsibility to make sure that we are conscious of this difficulty, and seek advice when we are unsure. That is what Mr Davis did. Despite this, the attack on his character launched by Ms Lawder and Mr Hanson was truly incredible—far out of proportion with the conduct they were attacking.
We need to take account of the shockingly hyperbolic path that led us here. Ms Lawder described the letter, the origins of which she did not seem to actually know, as an egregious misuse of Assembly resources. And Mr Hanson—unsurprisingly I am sure—treated us to a spectacular display! It included such choice gems as accusing Mr Davis of “playing tricksy with the rules”, and telling us: “Mr Davis has got it wrong. He needs to admit that, not try to double down and obscure that.” I look forward to Mr Hanson meeting his own standard, admitting that he got it wrong and not doubling down on it or obscuring it.
But, returning to Mr Davis, I think it is important to note on the record that Mr Davis was forthcoming with the referral and in providing information to the commissioner. And that is in spite of the dubious motives for the referral. He was honest and open, and I am proud to count him amongst our responsible and diligent team, here in the ACT Greens.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Economy and Gender and Economic Equality—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (4.30): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Economy and Gender and Economic Equality.
Members will recall that, at its meeting on 3 May 2022, the Assembly passed a resolution requesting that the economy and gender and economic equality committee consider inquiring into the working conditions of casual and contract workers in the ACT, and to investigate the provision of sick and carers pay for workers who work in industries that do not usually have access to sick and carers pay.
At a private meeting on 26 May 2022, the committee decided to include consideration of the current working conditions in the ACT for casual and contract workers as part of its inquiry into the future of the working week.
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (4.31): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety.