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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 2010) . . Page.. 3344 ..


MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, there is no need for anything—

MR HANSON: I said I would withdraw and continue, Madam Deputy Speaker.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: That is fine. Continue.

MR HANSON: Thank you. The point is that, when she said, “All our plans are on the table,” I ask you: was that true?

Mr Corbell: On a point of order—

MR HANSON: Stop the clocks, please.

Mr Corbell: Madam Deputy Speaker, as Mr Hanson is well aware, imputations are grossly disorderly. That was a clear imputation. It was an attempt to make the claim that you have just instructed him to withdraw. It was a clear imputation that the Deputy Chief Minister was lying. It is unparliamentary and he must withdraw it.

Mr Seselja: Madam Deputy Speaker, we constantly in this place, on both sides, point out when someone says something and whether it is correct or not. You have said that he can’t use the term “liar”, but he is completely entitled to say that something that the minister said was not true. He is absolutely entitled to say that.

Mr Corbell: That is not what he said.

Mr Seselja: Much of what we debate is about whether things are true or not, so it is a ridiculous point of order.

Mr Corbell: That is not what he said, Mr Seselja.

Mr Seselja: Madam Deputy Speaker, I ask you to allow Mr Hanson to continue and not have vexatious points of order from Mr Corbell.

Mr Corbell: That is not what he said.

MR HANSON: Madam Deputy Speaker, on the point of order, what I said was: when the minister said, “All our plans are on the table,” was that true? That is a good question to ask. I think that that is a reasonable question to ask, and it is up to people in this chamber to make the decision as to whether that was indeed true or not. That is quite a reasonable question to ask, because, quite clearly, when she said that, it was a very important part of the election campaign. It needs to be brought in as part of this debate. I said why that would be in any way a breach of—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I will allow you to continue, but will you just note your language and make sure that you do not run into this problem again.

MR HANSON: Certainly, Madam Deputy Speaker; thank you. What the minister also did was use Clare Holland House as a bargaining chip. She was condemned for


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