Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 22 March 2018) . . Page.. 989 ..
Mr Barr: If you want to adjourn the committee hearing now and we can have a discussion about how you have defamed me this morning, by all means. But I suspect the rest of the committee may wish to ask questions.
(2) Omit paragraph (4).
(3) Omit paragraph (6), substitute:
“(6) That these matters be referred to the Administration and Procedure Committee to consider any further action on this matter.”.
The amendments I have moved to Mr Wall’s amended motion include the full transcript of the exchange. It was very neat editing from the opposition to cut out the continuation of the particular conversation where Mr Hanson asked me what my threat was, to which I said I had already made it this morning, and that was:
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defamation and I will continue to pursue the outrageous slurs that you made against me this morning that you have not withdrawn.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.
That is a very important bit of context for the admin and procedure committee to have in relation to what the threat was. It contains, I think, the 13th or 14th attempt by me or invitation by me to Mr Hanson to withdraw the comments that I took offence to.
Ms Le Couteur in the end sought to intervene to calm the situation. She was cut off by Mr Hanson again and I concluded this particular exchange by suggesting if the chair wished:
to adjourn the committee hearing now and we can have a discussion about how—
he had defamed me—
this morning, by all means. But I suspect the rest of the committee may wish to ask questions.
The chair did not then take the opportunity to adjourn the committee hearing and the committee hearing continued.
I think it is important, if the administration and procedure committee is to consider this matter further, that the reference include this full element of the transcript and that it is very cute and politically very neat for the opposition to seek to cut the transcript off at that point. But the committee—
MADAM SPEAKER: Members opposite, please let the Chief Minister complete his remarks.
MR BARR: The committee needs to consider the full context.