Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2010) . . Page.. 2344 ..
If Mr Hanson has half a case, it is a case for us all to make sure that it does not happen again, for the reputation of those who are in the system. But, if he does have it, and he does not share it, I think he is derelict in his duty as a member of this place.
I repeat my request and, if Mr Hanson will not have the good grace to withdraw those two phrases, I shall ask you, Mr Speaker, to examine the Hansard and seek him to withdraw them.
MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hargreaves. Mr Hanson.
MR HANSON (Molonglo) (8.36): Mr Speaker, to be honest, I cannot recall the exact form of words I used. My intent was to say, basically, as a question: has the minister misled or has she misled the Assembly? If that was the form I used, I am happy for it to remain. If, though, I did actually make the allegation—and it can be checked in the Hansard as to whether that was the case—then I am comfortable to withdraw. Just on the point of illegality, I have not made any mention—
MR SPEAKER: I am sorry, we cannot debate this.
MR HANSON: Okay, I will move on.
MR SPEAKER: I just want to clarify the—
MR HANSON: Does that satisfy Mr Hargreaves?
MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (8.36): On your request of Mr Hanson, Mr Speaker, I am afraid I do not accept a qualified withdrawal. An examination of the Hansard will reveal these words: “Did you mislead the Assembly?” and “Are you lying?” I am sorry, it is unequivocal.
MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hargreaves. I will undertake to examine the Hansard. It is the best we can do at this point. As it was said in the course of interjection, it is unclear whether or not the Hansard will have recorded it, but I will make that check.
Mr Hanson: I am happy to indicate that, should I have said that, I will be happy to withdraw.
Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, I thank Mr Hanson for that undertaking. I would ask you to examine please not only the Hansard but also the tape.
MR SPEAKER: Thank you. We will undertake that checking of the tapes and Hansard as soon as practicable.
MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (8.37): I acknowledge that the issue of elective surgery waiting lists is a matter that receives much community attention at times. When a person is unwell and must rely on the public health system to receive surgery it must be very difficult to endure the time it takes to reach one’s place in the waiting list and