Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 11 April 2018) . . Page.. 1320 ..
MS CODY: I had not finished the sentence. Did Mr Coe use his influence in the Liberal Party to molest two new, inexperienced members of the Assembly? This could be a case of a man in a position of authority abusing his position.
MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Cody, I think in the context of that, I am going to ask you to be careful again. I believe that you clarified that it was your view that it was contemptuous; so there is no point of order. Ms Cody, continue and do be mindful of your language.
MS CODY: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I have taken a lot of this language from the standing orders. I apologise if there are some problems. I have used the standing orders.
Is the suggestion that submissions be made in an improper way a false report of the proceedings of a committee? There are questions which demand answers, and only a privileges committee can answer them.
Finally, more for the benefit of those listening in than those present, I would also like to highlight how this is different from some other issues raised from time to time. We have had some members who like to use discussions of privileges committees and various disciplinary motions for political smear. We should not allow ourselves to descend to the level of Tony Abbott’s Liberal opposition or the dumpster fire of democracy that Matthew Guy’s Liberal opposition have created in Victoria.
The people of the ACT expect and deserve better. From time to time it is pointed out by certain members that the Labor Party has affiliated trade unions. There is nothing misleading about that. It is called the Labor Party. The hint is in its name—much like there is a political party called the Greens. Its politics is, unremarkably, centred on environmentalism and sustainability. This sort of radically honest branding may be lost on conservative politicians who run around calling themselves Liberals.
Since the days when Mr Hanson was Leader of the Opposition some members have had a peculiar fetish of discussing the CFMEU as if they are an enemy of the state. (Time expired.)
Debate (on motion by Ms Le Couteur) adjourned to the next sitting.
Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and