Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 21 October 2010) . . Page.. 4930 ..
interjections coming from Mr Corbell and indeed Mr Rattenbury. Before I speak to the amendment, let me say that it did cause me to think about the contradiction of having someone who is in this place a Speaker who chastises and criticises the Liberal opposition for its interjections—
Mr Rattenbury: Relevance.
MR HANSON: and constantly warns us.
Mr Rattenbury: Are you mounting a dissent? Have the guts to do it.
MR HANSON: And now we have the ironic position that he is here trying to get me to move dissent in himself—
Mr Rattenbury: Dissent in the interjection.
Mr Corbell: Point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker.
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): Yes, Mr Corbell.
Mr Corbell: If Mr Hanson has a contribution to the policy issue that is being debated, by all means he should make it, but if he is just down here to have a dig at another member it is out of order. It is not relevant to the debate; he should be called to order.
Mr Rattenbury: Yes. You cannot just walk in here and start trash talking the Speaker, Jeremy. Have some decency. Have some guts of your convictions.
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Corbell. Mr Hanson, I invite you to contribute on this debate.
MR HANSON: Mr Rattenbury is interjecting again, saying, “Have some guts; have some guts.” I am not sure what he wants me to do. I am certainly not moving dissent in you, Madam Assistant Speaker, and I cannot move dissent in Mr Rattenbury because, although he is making these continual interjections—at me as I am speaking, and he did at Mr Seselja and Mrs Dunne—I cannot move dissent in him. This is the entire contradiction. We have someone who is an advocate passionately for his cause.
Mr Rattenbury: Relevance. Do you know anything about the issue?
MR HANSON: I disagree with Mr Rattenbury’s position on this, but I also acknowledge that he is passionate. He is a true believer; there is no doubt about it. This is where the error comes. If you have somebody that does believe passionately, who is made the spokesman for the party—
Mr Corbell: Relevance.
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, as Mr Corbell was about to say, this is not strictly relevant to the debate. I invited you to talk about climate change issues.