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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 26 August 2010) . . Page.. 4012 ..


MR HARGREAVES: She was not here. What a feeble excuse from someone who should know better. You should know better, Mrs Dunne. You have been here long enough. Mrs Dunne has been here long enough to know that that is frivolous and stupid. That is just stupid in the nth.

The other question is, and let us get a little real about this: what is it that she has actually done, which crime that requires somebody to be censured? I refer members to the Hansard of a set of criteria that Ms Hunter put down in this place about what would constitute reasons to consider supporting a censure or a no-confidence motion. And it talks about misuse of funds, wilful misleading and all those sorts of really deep and difficult things. And you are talking about—

Mr Hanson: Those are for no confidence, not a censure.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Hanson, that screaming pedant, splits the criteria between no confidence and censure.

Mr Hanson: They are quite different.

MR HARGREAVES: The criteria are the same. And you people over there would not know this, except for Mr Smyth—and I do apologise for putting him in the same group this time—because you have never been on this side of the chamber. You do not know the pressures. You do not know exactly what goes on.

This minister wanted to inform the Assembly about positive developments in older persons’ accommodation. What actually happened? These guys look at it and they comb over every single word she said to try to find something which is going to give them justification for this censure motion. You people over there, by this quality censure motion, have devalued the whole notion of a censure in this place. If anyone in this place deserves a censure motion, it is Mr Hanson over here for his behaviour yesterday and his continual misrepresentation—

Mr Seselja: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, if he is going to make allegations against Mr Hanson he is free to move a motion. But the motion is not about that. This motion is about a censure of Ms Burch.

MR HARGREAVES: Hold your horses. I will give you a bit more notice than you gave Ms Burch.

Mr Hanson: Bring it on, John.

MR HARGREAVES: Hang on to your hat and your cape, Superman, because you are going to need them.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, just come to the censure motion.

MR HARGREAVES: Yes. I am talking about the possibility of one against him. You have got to talk about the quality of misbehaviour. And, quite frankly, this minister is not in any way guilty of any misbehaviour at all. She has come down here,


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