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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 August 2010) . . Page.. 3534 ..


Mr Hanson: So you agree with his policies, John?

MR HARGREAVES: No. The trouble is that the Greens do not have the divine right to rule. That is the problem.

Mr Hanson: Do you agree with their policies? Say yes or no.

Mr Smyth: He has.

MR HARGREAVES: I tell you what I do agree with: I do agree that you guys are in real trouble. Gary Humphries is in real trouble. If I were you blokes, I would not be helping Lin Hatfield Dodds roll him, because that is what you are doing right now. You are making a spectacle of yourselves.

Mr Hanson: Do you agree with the policies or not? Just answer the question, John—yes or no? Do you think that they should get rid of the private health cover?

MR HARGREAVES: The day that Mr Hanson becomes Speaker in this place is the day he can demand that I answer a question. I am not going to dignify him with a response. I am going to treat him with the contempt that he is due, because I have no difficulty in standing up here and supporting the parliamentary agreement between the ACT Greens and the ACT Labor Party, because it has been good for the people of Canberra. What else has been good for the people of Canberra has been keeping you people out of power, because if you people are a reflection of what Abbott is going to do to this town then we are all going to be rooned. Let us make no mistake about it.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker, it is now four minutes since I last raised this point of order. He is entitled to attack us if he wants. He can do that by substantive motion or his own motion. This motion is about cost of living pressures on Canberra families. He refuses to come back to that point. If you will not direct him then you are being deficient in your job.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Smyth. Mr Hargreaves, you continue to have the floor.

MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much, Madam Assistant Speaker. I am aware—

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker, I have asked you on the question of relevance to direct him. You have just said “continue”. Do you believe he is being relevant to the motion and that he is addressing the cost of living issues for the people of Canberra?

Mr Barr: The motion is more than just that, Mr Smyth.

Mr Smyth: The motion is about cost of living. Read the motion.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Stop the clocks. Mr Hargreaves.


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