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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 5 August 2015) . . Page.. 2344 ..


Ms Burch: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, have you got a point of order?

Ms Burch: I would like to seek your guidance. It is guidance I am seeking—if it is appropriate or parliamentary to draw the connection of the integrity of members of this government as Mr Wall has just done.

MADAM SPEAKER: I have been listening very carefully and I have made it very clear that I was taking a very active interest in this because of the propriety of this house. I have seen you contemplating popping up a couple of times, so I have been very attentive to what is being said. I have not heard anything that I consider is unparliamentary, but I will remind Mr Wall—you have not really taken a point of order; you are seeking my guidance—to be mindful of the proprieties of the house and to not cast aspersions upon members of this place.

Ms Burch: Thank you, and just on that, he was linking silence by members of the government to question our integrity, and that connection should not be made.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think it was done hypothetically; it was done by way of a question. I do not think that Mr Wall has offended any of the rules of propriety in this place. Mr Wall, on the question that the motion be agreed to.

MR WALL: Thank you, Madam Speaker. As I was saying before, as long as there are questions remaining over the integrity of the CFMEU and the government opposite continue to be the beneficiaries of their financial and political support, questions need to be raised as to the integrity of this government. The only way forward—

Ms Burch: On a point of order—

MADAM SPEAKER: Can we stop the clock? I take the point. I will take that as a point of order and I will ask you, Mr Wall, to be very mindful that you cannot draw inferences about the integrity of members of this place. I ask you to be very careful with your words.

MR WALL: Thank you, Madam Speaker. The only way forward is for all members in this place to support this motion—for those members opposite to cease accepting the financial and political support until the inquiries of the royal commission and other courts have been completed and for those opposite to take a stand and adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards bullying, intimidation and corruption on ACT construction sites. I commend this motion to the Assembly.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (3.51): Madam Speaker, I thank you for the opportunity to speak on this motion this afternoon. I will be opposing the motion. The motion does, however, provide me with an opportunity to remind


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