Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 22 March 2018) . . Page.. 988 ..
believe to be accurate, that the Chief Minister did in fact breach this aspect of the standing orders.
It notes that the Chief Minister withdrew these comments today in the Assembly and it refers this matter to the administration and procedure committee to consider any further action on this matter. Likewise, the referral to admin and procedure requests it to consider all other matters that are raised in this motion and for the committee to report to the Assembly.
I believe that this is a cleaner way forward than the original proposal by Mr Rattenbury, as there would have been some issue in referring certain aspects of the standing orders to a select committee whilst a standing committee was currently undertaking an inquiry into the standing orders. It would have required admin and procedure to have suspended its inquiry into the standing orders due to a select committee being tasked to look into the same issue. It is a cleaner way forward and I look forward to members supporting it.
MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (4.32), by leave: I move the following amendments together:
(1) Omit paragraph (3), substitute:
“(3) At the Committee hearing of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee the following exchange occurred:
Mr Hanson: I am the chair of this committee.
Mr Barr: For the time being, yes.
Mr Hanson: Oh, is that a threat?
Mr Barr: It is, yes.
Mr Hanson: You’re making a threat to me?
Mr Barr: I am, yes.
Mr Hanson: What is your threat?
Mr Barr: I have already made it this morning.
Mr Hanson: What, to take it outside? What does “Take it outside” mean?
Mr Barr: I will be pursuing your defamation of me this morning. You are already in court with someone else on defamation and I will continue to pursue the outrageous slurs that you made against me this morning that you have not withdrawn. I invite you to withdraw now and I will not need to pursue it.
Mr Hanson: Are you threatening me? Are you going to threaten legal action; or what are you threatening?
Mr Barr: I am not going to have that discussion with you right now.
Ms Le Couteur: Gentlemen, can I suggest, we are here—
Mr Hanson: No, sorry—