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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 4 May 2010) . . Page.. 1645 ..


MR HANSON: Allegations.

Mr Stanhope: You did not say that, Mr Hanson. Don’t gild the lily and deny you said what you said.

Mr Smyth: Gilding the lily!

Mr Stanhope: Don’t lie, in other words; don’t lie about what you just said.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, he cannot say, “Don’t lie.” If he believes that, he should move a substantive motion. He must withdraw.

Mrs Dunne: Twice he used the word “lie”, Mr Speaker.

Mr Stanhope: I will withdraw the word “lie”, but I would like your ruling on whether or not the claim just made by Mr Hanson that a rape had occurred at the Alexander Maconochie Centre is appropriate and whether or not it offends against the sub judice rule.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Stanhope. I will have to go back and review the transcript. I was listening to Mr Hanson but not that closely. I would ask, Mr Hanson, that you be mindful of your language as you continue, and I will review the transcript at a later time.

MR HANSON: Mr Speaker, I have referred to it as an alleged rape successively throughout this.

MR SPEAKER: You have got 18 seconds to finish.

MR HANSON: In closing, what we have seen is an utter failure by Simon Corbell, and Mr Stanhope on the attack to try and deflect from his own minister’s incompetence. He deserves to be censured and he deserves to be sacked.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.20): Mr Speaker, Mr Hanson must wake up in the morning, and while he is brushing his teeth he is thinking, “What am I going to do today?”

Mr Coe: I think you have been thinking about this for a while, haven’t you, Simon?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe!

MR CORBELL: “I know. I’ll move another censure motion today.”

Mr Stanhope: Another day, another censure motion.

MR CORBELL: While he is putting the Colgate on the toothbrush, he has got to think of something to justify his existence day to day. Once again, we have from the Liberal opposition another day, yet another censure motion.


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