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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 July 2010) . . Page.. 3081 ..

very excited to have this scheme in place. But it has just brought to my attention too the opposition to this scheme from those opposite, so in many ways, Mrs Dunne, I was surprised by your absence, and I invite you, Mrs Dunne, to meet with these workers and invite you to look at them and to say to them why they do not deserve to have a portable long service leave scheme.

MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Given the opposition, those balaclava-wearing sons and daughters of Peter Reith, have been opposing it for so long—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hargreaves, no preamble.

MS BURCH: Minister, can you advise the Assembly what support has been given to organisations leading up to the introduction of the scheme?

Mr Hanson: Are you sober?

MR HARGREAVES: Right, mate, good on ya. You are so low.

Mr Stanhope: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, constant interjections by Mr Hanson most particularly, that actually challenge the integrity of Mr Hargreaves in the way they are, are simply unacceptable. It is low, it is sleazy, it is slimy and it is straight out of the gutter. It is what we expect and have come to expect of Mr Hanson. It is simply unparliamentary and it behoves you to keep Mr Hanson and the low, guttersnipe level of his constant interjections under control.

Mr Seselja: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, the Chief Minister cannot make a speech and hurl insults in order to raise a point of order. He either has a point of order or he does not. If we are going to get into the game of people withdrawing, then I would ask Mr Stanhope to withdraw everything he just said.

Mr Hanson: On the point of order, I was not reflecting on the member’s integrity, only his sobriety.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, sit down.

Mr Hargreaves: In that case, I require a withdrawal.

MR SPEAKER: This is unacceptable behaviour in this chamber from all of you. The next person who crosses this line will be warned. You, Mr Hanson, are particularly close. Mr Stanhope, your contribution was not helpful and, Mr Hargreaves, neither was yours. The next person who crosses this line will be warned and will be very close to being named straightaway. This is entirely unbecoming behaviour for this chamber. Mr Hargreaves, would you like to repeat your supplementary question?

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, on the point that you just made—

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