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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 4 May 2010) . . Page.. 1646 ..

Mr Hanson: Stop cocking up, mate.

Mr Stanhope: It means they don’t have to do any real work.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, what the Liberal opposition have failed to appreciate and to recognise in this whole discussion about the prison is that the operation of this facility is a complex and demanding undertaking.

Mrs Dunne: Too complex for you, sunshine! Far too complex for you.

Mr Seselja: It’s complex to keep the prisoners in, isn’t it! Very complex.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Stop the clocks. Members, Mr Hanson was heard in relative quiet. I expect Mr Corbell to be able to make his case without constant interjection. Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker. It is a complex and demanding undertaking, and it was inevitable that there would be problems and that there would be incidents following the commencement of this facility. No-one should be surprised at that. Where things have gone wrong, they need to be investigated and they need to be addressed. But let us not forget for a moment that the establishment of this facility is a significant and major step forward in the housing, the rehabilitation and the incarceration of our own prisoners here in the ACT. Let us contrast that with what was put in place and left in place by those opposite for all the time that they were in government. They felt that it was acceptable—

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, about relevance, this is a censure of the—

MR CORBELL: You are asking me to be sacked, Mrs Dunne. I am entitled to defend myself.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Stop the clocks. Mr Corbell, you will have a chance in a minute. Mrs Dunne.

Mrs Dunne: This is a matter of relevance. This is about the performance of the current minister for corrections. To go back and say what may or may not have been done by a previous government is not relevant to the performance of this minister.

Mr Stanhope: Of course it is. A comparative analysis is more than relevant.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, there is no point of order, Mrs Dunne. I think Mr Corbell has some latitude to contrast the positions, given the extensive commentary on his performance.

Mr Stanhope: Absolutely.

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