Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 16 March 2010) . . Page.. 844 ..
negligence? I hope they had a robust discussion in their party room about this, but I fear that maybe they did not. Maybe everyone just said, “Oh no, we couldn’t possibly censure someone from the government, one of our ALP mates.”
You would think the Greens would have the upper hand in this situation. After granting government to the Labor Party, you would think the Greens would have a bit of leverage. You would think the Greens would be able to say, “You know what, that’s not good enough.” Of course, they have not been able to do that pretty much with any of their other initiatives in their Labor-Greens agreement. Admittedly, it would cost billions of dollars. They have not been able to pull any weight with those issues. I guess I should not be surprised that they are not able to pull any weight when it comes to integrity either. It comes down to their integrity and whether they actually value integrity in ministers of this government.
This is a very serious issue. That is why we have moved a censure motion today and we hope that it gets up. Of course, the Greens have given their preference to prop up this terrible government, a government that will repeatedly and wilfully mislead this Assembly. Yet no-one from the crossbench or from the government will stand up and say it is wrong. It is a very sad day and I urge all those in the house to support this motion.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot.
Mr Stanhope: Who wrote your speech, Steve?
Mr Hanson: Where are all your mates to support you, Simon?
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, when you are ready, we will hear from a member of your party.
Mr Hanson: My apologies, Madam Assistant Speaker. Mr Stanhope’s interjections were—
Mr Stanhope: Support against this limp lettuce leaf?
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: When you are both ready—Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (11.41): Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. There is a strong case being presented here today to censure Mr Corbell for misleading members of the Assembly and the ACT community with regard to the failed insulation program. What is even worse is that his mislead continued unabated.
This is a minister with no credibility who should go the same way as his colleague on the hill, his role model Peter Garrett. What makes this situation particularly important is that, in the case of both Mr Corbell and Mr Garrett, human life was at risk. This was no time to avoid the situation, it was no time to not act in a diligent manner and it was most definitely not the time to mislead.
Mr Corbell said this morning that Mr Seselja was adopting the Tony Abbott line by moving this motion today. It can be said that Mr Corbell is adopting the Peter Garrett