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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 September 2019) . . Page.. 3863 ..


Emergency Services) (3.04): Madam Speaker, this is a stunt from an inexperienced opposition leader devoid of any ideas. His inexperience is really showing today without Mrs Dunne to hold his hand. The motion is a stunt, this from an opposition that frequently rises on standing orders particularly, as we have just seen, in question time. Given this, you would have thought that the opposition leader would have bothered to look at the standing orders.

I am happy to take this inexperienced opposition leader through standing order 136. It is very clear. Firstly, it is clear that motions or amendments cannot be the same in substance as one that has previously been considered by this chamber in a calendar year. Miss Burch’s now out of order motion is the third one on network 19. It is very similar to the previous two that she has brought to the Assembly. Miss Burch’s motion is like a broken record from the opposition. It has no respect for our hardworking public servants. Like their counterparts in South Australia and other Liberals, we know the Canberra Liberals really want to privatise our bus network.

Mr Coe’s inexperience means that he does not do his homework. He does not understand how to look up facts and apply them. If he did, he would have paid attention to your ruling on 19 September last year. That ruling, Madam Speaker, like your ruling today, was precise and correct. On that occasion, you discussed standing order 136 and provided guidance on the standing order. In fact, the ruling concerned a motion by Mrs Dunne. As I said, Mr Coe needs to hold her hand. You ruled that motion in order, indicating that you did not want to see more than two motions that are substantially the same in a calendar year unless there are exceptional circumstances. You were right then and you are correct now.

Madam Speaker, I do note that standing order 136 provides discretion to you. You have gone above and beyond by providing guidance on how you would apply standing order 136. The Leader of the Opposition needs to do his homework. He needs experience, something, of course, that you have, Madam Speaker. You do a very good job in this place and in your electorate.

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members!

MR GENTLEMAN: This motion is nothing but a stunt and should not be supported. Lastly, this is not about the substance of the motion. It is about the inexperience of this opposition leader and his failure to do his homework.

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members!

MR GENTLEMAN: If he cannot bring on a debate in this place following the rules, how on earth can he lead the opposition, let alone attempt to govern in the ACT? The government is proud of our public transport. We are happy to answer questions in this place and to have debates. They just have to occur according to standing orders. Let


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