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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 August 2011) . . Page.. 3344 ..


Mrs Dunne: Two issues: I ask you to consider whether Mr Rattenbury’s comments are a reflection on yesterday’s vote and, secondly, relevance of his comments to the debate.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Rattenbury, if you could remain relevant and please not reflect on the debate of yesterday.

MR RATTENBURY: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. The development of Throsby is one of those difficult issues that we as the leaders of Canberra face, and I think that what I sought to articulate today—and which Mr Seselja then picked up and twisted in the way that he so regularly does—was the idea that the Greens were asking for the full environmental assessment. I did not say that it was a no-go zone. What I said was that there is a real possibility that, coming out of those studies and the ecological evidence that has been put forward by experts across this city, it may be the case that Throsby is one of those areas we should be seeking to protect. Because of the fact that the area has been able to recover—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Coe!

MR RATTENBURY: that it has been able to re-establish and is providing tremendous connectivity potentially between the Mulligans Flat nature reserve and the Goorooyarroo nature reserves, it may well be worth protecting.

Opposition members interjecting

Ms Bresnan: Point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Resume your seat. Stop the clock, please. Point of order, Ms Bresnan?

Ms Bresnan: You have just asked Mr Rattenbury to remain relevant to the debate. I also ask that you ask members of the opposition to allow Mr Rattenbury to be heard in silence and to keep their comments also relevant to the debate, if they are going to take any points of order.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Would members please allow Mr Rattenbury to continue in silence. Mr Rattenbury.

MR RATTENBURY: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I note that Mr Seselja was heard in silence, but it is not okay for members of the opposition to allow me to speak in silence. It is an extraordinary double standard. Nonetheless, the most disappointing part—

Members interjecting—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Resume your seat, Mr Rattenbury. Stop the clock. Members, I am going to start warning you if you do not remain silent while


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