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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 August 2010) . . Page.. 3943 ..

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, firstly, all the comments I made, which were quotes which I drew from Mr Stanhope, were directly relevant to the issue—

MR STANHOPE: And I am referring to your opening, inaugural speech.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Stanhope!

Mr Hanson: which were about the release of public documents, were about not hiding, how you do deals behind closed doors. They were all directly relevant to the deal. Secondly, to somehow make an assertion that I am homophobic and I am misogynistic, which is what he just said, I find both offensive and also entirely irrelevant to this debate about Calvary Public Hospital and the need to release certain documents. I would ask that he, firstly, withdraw his comments that I am homophobic and misogynistic and, secondly, address the substantive issue, which is about the release of public documents relating to the Calvary Public Hospital purchase.

MR STANHOPE: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, Mr Hanson felt the need to raise the issue of anti-terrorism legislation in a debate about Calvary.

Mr Seselja: When you’ve got nothing to say, Jon, just make it up.

Mr Smyth: Because you released in-confidence material—

MR STANHOPE: The issue of the release of documents—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Chief Minister, just on the point of order, I did not hear whether the Chief Minister used words along the lines of “homophobic” or not. There is no clarity from the Clerk either. I will have to review the tape. Chief Minister, did you use those words?

MR STANHOPE: I did. I used them quite honestly. In his inaugural speech, Mr Hanson promised that he would in no sense ever discriminate against gays and lesbians. Then, the first time he was put to the test, we know he did. He refused to support our civil union legislation. We know he is misogynistic.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Chief Minister, thank you.

MR STANHOPE: These are not unparliamentary terms, Mr Speaker. These are not. These are statements of fact.

MR SPEAKER: I will have to review the Hansard on this one, I am afraid.

Mr Seselja: He has acknowledged that he said it.

MR STANHOPE: I did, but it is not unparliamentary.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I will have to form a view on whether I consider that Mr Stanhope used unparliamentary language or not.

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