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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 August 2010) . . Page.. 3538 ..


MR RATTENBURY: You were too busy interjecting to listen, Mr Hanson. I just explained very clearly that it is going to come from the mining tax—the mining tax that the Liberal Party opposes, because the Liberal Party does not believe in the Australian public getting value for money for the non-renewable resources that are being ripped out of our—

Mr Hargreaves: Point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker.

MR RATTENBURY: Thank you. The clocks, please, Madam Assistant Speaker.

Mr Hargreaves: I am having to shout. I could not hear Mr Rattenbury.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Would you like to stop the clock?

Mr Hargreaves: My point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker, is this: I seek your intervention to lower the cacophony from the cockatoos opposite so that we can hear what Mr Rattenbury may or may not have to say.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: First of all, Mr Hargreaves, I would ask you to use parliamentary language to make a—

Mr Hargreaves: Okay. Can you ask those people opposite to shut up so we can hear Shane, please?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves: Yes, Madam Assistant Speaker?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I will ask again: can you use parliamentary language?

Mr Hargreaves: Okay. Madam Assistant Speaker, I beg your indulgence to ask those opposite to desist forthwith from their elevation of volume to such a degree that I can actually have an auditory appreciation of the dissertation given to us by the speaker, Mr Rattenbury.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: There has been a high level of interjection throughout this debate, but I remind members of the general rules of this place—that Mr Rattenbury does have the floor and to keep their interjections to a minimum. Mr Rattenbury. Clerk, can you start the clocks again, please.

MR RATTENBURY: Thank you, Madam Assistant Speaker. Whilst there has been a high level of interjection in this debate, I am particularly flattered that it has been constant since I rose to my feet.

I want to touch on health policy. When you were on the floor, Madam Assistant Speaker, you raised a point about your 90-year-old grandmother and her need for private health insurance. Personally, I believe that your 90-year-old grandmother


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