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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 1993) . . Page.. 2323 ..


MRS GRASSBY: I seek leave under standing order 46 to make a personal explanation.

MADAM SPEAKER: Leave is granted.

MRS GRASSBY: Thank you. Madam Speaker, on 29 July 1993 the first environmentally friendly ACT Young Liberal president, Stephen Forshaw, said on ABC radio:

I think perhaps that Mrs Grassby is not exactly the most appropriate person to be addressing a conference of lawyers.

The conference Mr Forshaw referred to was the first Australasian Conference on the Scrutiny of Bills. It was not, as Mr Forshaw incorrectly asserts, a conference of lawyers. It was a committee of parliamentarians who sit on scrutiny committees, which do not require as a matter of course legal qualifications. However, ours does have a member with legal qualifications - Mr Humphries. The other two members of the committee, Ms Szuty and I, who attended that conference, do not have legal qualifications.

It infuriates me that a political hack has the audacity to reflect on the decisions of this Assembly. At the very least, my qualifications are that I have been elected to this Assembly. I have also been elected to the chair of the Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee. Furthermore, it was duly resolved by the committee to send two members to attend the conference, Mr Humphries being away on his honeymoon. If Mr Forshaw is as keen to put his name forward to run next time around as he is to practise being reduced, reused and recycled within the Liberal Party, then supporters of the monarchy might have a reduced male version of Bronwyn Bishop in the ACT Assembly.


Motion (by Mr Connolly) agreed to:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Assembly adjourned at 9.30 pm

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