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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 August 2011) . . Page.. 3394 ..


MRS DUNNE: I am speaking to the motion. This matter needs to be brought to the attention of the Assembly, and the Assembly needs to be cognisant of the appropriate forms of behaviour. Mr Corbell says that I live in glass houses, but he is the person who in this place this morning gave everyone a lecture about how we should behave towards the Speaker. Then he comes down, not three or four hours later, and behaves in exactly the same way that he admonished people about this morning.

Because he prefaces what he says with “respectfully” does not mean that he actually shows you respect. The fact that he came in here after you had made a ruling and Mr Hanson had proceeded and then took another point of order and then took another point of order, and I think a third point of order, shows that he does not respect your ruling. It really needs to be brought to the attention of the Assembly.

It is quite clear that I could have made a point of order and behaved in the same way that the attorney did this morning, but that would be wrong. That would be wrong, but it is an important matter. The only way available to me is to seek leave to make a statement. That is why standing orders need to be suspended, to allow me to make that statement.

Question put:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mrs Dunne from making a statement.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6

Noes 11

Mr Coe

Mr Smyth

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Doszpot

Dr Bourke

Ms Hunter

Mrs Dunne

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Gallagher

Question so resolved in the negative.

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (3.50): It does raise the question of what has changed. This is the letter from ACT Policing to Mr Buchanan to make it very clear that there will be no investigations under any matter that was referred to the AFP by the human rights commissioner.

The Greens, when they previously had concerns, raised a number of issues. One was, as I said, about the health of Mr Buchanan; I think that has been covered. But in an extraordinary admission that the government bullies and about the way it behaves, one of Ms Bresnan’s concerns about a public hearing was this:

I am concerned about what the government would do in a committee inquiry, in terms of what information would be provided on this person’s case.


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