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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (Tuesday, 7 December 2010) . . Page.. 5846 ..


MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order at this stage but, members, let us try and stick to the standing orders suspension.

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. There is no point of order. What we are faced with here—

Mr Hargreaves: You are not the Speaker, mate. You are only the leader for the moment.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR SESELJA: The Speaker just said there is no point of order.

Mr Hargreaves: You are only the leader while he keeps you there.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hargreaves, do not shout across the chamber. And Mr Seselja, do not respond to him. Mr Seselja has the floor.

MR SESELJA: Why is it that Mr Hargreaves and his colleagues do not want to debate this issue? Is it perhaps because they do not have confidence in Mr Corbell to put the argument? Time after time in question time today, we heard him give incorrect and contradictory information. We give him the chance to defend it; we give the Assembly the chance to consider it. And the Greens and the Labor Party say no.

At every opportunity, the Greens—Ms Bresnan goes in to defend the government. And we have Mr Hargreaves as a former minister himself—a former minister for corrections. He was embarrassed that he had to pick up the pieces after Simon Corbell. And then Mr Corbell is back in the portfolio. Mr Corbell is back in the portfolio stuffing things up. The facts are not in dispute. This prison is now full—

Ms Bresnan: I don’t think so.

MR SESELJA: how long after we have opened it?

Mr Hanson: Eight months at the most.

MR SESELJA: Is that the real opening or the fake opening?

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Seselja! Ms Bresnan.

Ms Bresnan: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I ask Mr Seselja to take back that comment about being a fool.

MR SPEAKER: Being a which, sorry?

MR SESELJA: I did not say that.

MR SPEAKER: I am sorry; I did not hear what was said.


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