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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (Wednesday, 7 December 2011) . . Page.. 5840 ..


obfuscation, about the so-called record of this government and, even in this, much of the information that has been presented is flawed or misrepresents facts.

I am surprised that the Greens are prepared to turn a blind eye to these misrepresentations and are trying to change the odd word to make the representation have a little bit more legitimacy. I guess I should not be surprised, as we have seen it time and time again when we have come up against these sorts of scenarios, but I am. I am disappointed that, despite the Greens’ mantra about keeping this government accountable, it does not matter how flawed, how wrong or how many mistakes there are in the motion and how much more the motion could be improved to help the teaching profession, Ms Hunter agrees with the misleading comments in this complete motion. I find that quite incredible and I am sure that the teaching profession, Ms Hunter, will find this quite incredible as well.

The rhetoric from Mr Barr—I would not say the same thing about the rhetoric from the new minister for education; I think that was just more of what Ms Porter provided to us—was wonderful rhetoric about how much the teachers are valued. Just ask the teachers what they think about the value that this government places on them and ask them what they feel about the way they have been treated by this minister and by this government for the past 10 years.

Ms Porter: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker, I do not think Mr Doszpot is actually addressing the amendments of Ms Hunter. He is reflecting on the previous debate and the vote that we have just taken. I would have thought that he would address the amendments that we are considering at the moment, which are Ms Hunter’s amendments.

MR DOSZPOT: I am addressing the amendments, which reflect on some of the things that were put in the motion.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): Mr Doszpot, please, if you can keep yourself to the amendments you are welcome to continue.

MR DOSZPOT: I am surprised that you are reflecting on me in that sense. I have not—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Clerk, please stop the clock.

MR DOSZPOT: I have done nothing different from what any other speaker has done in speaking to an amendment that reflects on the motion and some of the support that has been given to that motion by other speakers. That is all I am doing.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER Mr Doszpot, please start addressing the amendments and continue your speech.

MR DOSZPOT: Madam Assistant Speaker, I think—

Ms Hunter: On a point of order, Mr Doszpot is reflecting on your ruling, Madam Assistant Speaker.


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