Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 4 May 2010) . . Page.. 1651 ..
work out a considered response with constructive measures for improvement, Mr Hanson let us know of the censure on the same night he sent it through to the media. This shows a disappointing concentration on scoring points rather than securing positive outcomes. I would like to refer to an email the ACT Greens received from a constituent.
Mr Seselja: You spent two minutes addressing the facts, Amanda, and now all you’ve got is rhetoric and process—two minutes addressing the facts.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, thank you.
Mr Seselja: You couldn’t have even read it in that time.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja!
MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The ACT Greens received an email from a constituent on 13 April—that is, three weeks ago—which states:
I am writing to you to voice my concerns about the greens supporting the governments mismanagement of the Alexander Maconochie Centre and your refusal to censure Corrections Minister Simon Corbell for his continued blatant lies to the public regarding the AMC and the management and cost of inmates.
I remind people that that was on 13 April. Further, the email states:
I ask that you both consider backing Shadow Minister for Corrections Jeremy Hanson’s call for a full Auditor General’s review of AMC Management—
which we did, in fact, support—
and support the Liberals in censuring Minister Corbell for misleading the public in regards to his comments of prisoners not being locked down over 20 hours a day.
Again, I remind people that that was three weeks ago, give or take a few days—13 April. It is my understanding that it has not normally been the practice for parties in this place to advise constituents of possible censure motions—
Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, on a point of order—
MR SPEAKER: Stop the clocks, thank you.
Mr Hanson: If Ms Bresnan is alleging that I have advised anybody in the community of an attempt to censure, that I have misled the community or misled this place, she needs to make that very clear because I can assure you that that is not the case. If she is alleging something, she needs to put it on the table and be very clear about what she is alleging.
MR SPEAKER: What breach of the standing orders are you alleging?