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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 23 June 2011) . . Page.. 2378 ..


It is quite clear that the fact is that Mr Corbell has failed to provide any reasonable explanation of why he was sacked and explain whether due process was followed or not. It is also a fact that the Hamburger review found that there was a leadership vacuum at the AMC, that Doug Buchanan filled that leadership vacuum and that the jail is at a critical point.

It is a fact that no inquiry will mean that Mr Buchanan’s reputation will now be questioned. And it is a fact that he will be denied his day in court, to put his case forward. It is a fact that Mr Buchanan has alleged that he was in part removed because of his opposition to an NSP. It is a fact that the Greens support an NSP. It is a fact that the government support an NSP. And it is a fact that both of those parties will significantly benefit from the removal of somebody who is in opposition to an NSP. It is a fact that the government has no intention of investigating whether due process was followed. It is a fact here today that the government and the Greens have rejected scrutiny.

It is a fact that this government are not open and accountable, as was attested to by Ms Gallagher. It is a fact that they have denied Mr Buchanan a chance to clear his name, and it is a fact that because of the actions of the government and the actions of the Greens Mr Buchanan is going to be denied the opportunity to have his say as he had wanted to, and as he has already done.

Mr Corbell has described his actions as grubby. They are not. I think the question remains: what happened? What is it that has driven the government to bury this, to cover this up, and why is it that the Greens, again, will refuse to shine a light on the cover-ups and the behaviour of this minister, Simon Corbell, and his Chief Minister who is not open, not accountable?

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): There is a pair in order, for the information of Hansard. Ms Porter and Mr Seselja are paired. Mr Hanson, did you want to leave Mr Seselja as a pair or did you want to swap?

Mr Hanson: Yes, we will leave Mr Seselja as a pair.

Question put:

That Mr Hanson’s motion be agreed to.

Ayes 5

Noes 10

Mr Coe

Mr Smyth

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Doszpot

Dr Bourke

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Ms Bresnan

Ms Hunter

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

Motion negatived.


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