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quoting for a former AFP Commissioner. I dare you: quote from the current AFP Commissioner—the top cop in this land! He has had a look at what is happening here in the ACT. Quote from him. Tell us what he says about how this is going to increase the threat for his members, how it is going to make society more dangerous, how it will create chaos and how it will create narco-tourism.
Why won’t those opposite quote that? They just cherry-pick the evidence. If you want to have a balanced debate do that and do not say, “Oh, I would never label you,” and then call us a bunch of conservative reactionaries, in the same breath. You have defeated your argument somewhat.
Ms Stephen-Smith: You are that.
MR HANSON: “You are that,” she says. So “I will never label you,” in the speech and then we get the labels.
We will stand with the community, we will stand with the police and we will stand the current AFP Commissioner. We will stand with our frontline police, as much as Andrew Barr will turn his back on them and other members of our community that oppose the decriminalisation of drugs.
Ms Stephen-Smith: Madam Speaker, I feel I may have made a procedural error here in that I had not recalled correctly that Mr Davis’s amendments will probably lapse if my amendment passes. If that is correct it would then mean that we do not have the opportunity to debate Mr Davis’s amendments, which I think we do need to do. So I seek your guidance here.
MADAM SPEAKER: My guidance is that we will suspend for lunch. We will see to remedy during this during the course of the debate.
Ms Stephen-Smith: And my apologies to Mr Davis.
Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.
Sitting suspended from 12.03 to 2.00 pm.
MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (2:00): Three ministers are absent today: Minister Gentleman, Minister Vassarotti and Minister Davidson.
Mr Hanson interjecting—
MR BARR: He is interjecting already, Madam Speaker. In Minister Gentleman’s absence, Minister Steel will cover planning and land management, police and emergency services and corrections, and I will cover industrial relations and workplace safety, as was the case yesterday. In Minister Vassarotti’s absence,