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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 May 2021) . . Page.. 1303 ..


“I have realised the error of my ways.” Mr Braddock can say, “I do not really stand up for the Gungahlin community. I am not actually really here for them. I thought I would do a bit of grandstanding. It has backfired. I have been kicked in the arse by Mr Rattenbury, been schmoozed by Mr—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, just be very mindful of your language.

MR HANSON: “I have been schmoozed by Mr Gentleman and I know that the best way that we can deal with this is to just adjourn the debate and it will go away and I can go back to the community council and say, ‘Sorry, fellows, I tried my darndest but could not get it through. But I still love you.’”

We will not be fooled. And maybe we will come back. Maybe Ms Castley will come back with her own motion and see how the Greens vote on it next time. Maybe Mr Milligan, who was denied the chance to speak today, will come back with a motion and call your bluff. I commend this motion to suspend standing orders so that we can actually have this debate. Let us have a fulsome debate and let us see which way the Greens vote.

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (4.30): I rise in my capacity as chair of the planning, transport and city services committee. This is a bit difficult for us. This matter came to our attention quite late in the day. We were only able to have a quick discussion about it today in relation to whether or not there was a conflict of interest for us in this motion, given that there is an inquiry on foot. We have been unable to resolve that. As you know, Madam Speaker, we wrote to you to seek your guidance and you also did not have time to consider that—which I can understand. It is all moving quite quickly. There are obviously a number of matters in chain at the moment on the same question.

My committee was of the view at 1.30 pm today that we would either follow the guidance of the Speaker as to whether or not there was a conflict that precluded us voting on this matter, and if we were unable to obtain that guidance, we would prefer to have the debate adjourned until such time as we have been able to obtain that advice. So, on that basis, I would not like to suspend the standing orders because I think it is much better that everybody can get properly briefed on this matter.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (4.31): We have just seen a fine performance from the master of confected outrage, the Darth Vader of division, Mr Hanson, going for his next leadership audition here.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members!

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, I would argue that Darth Vader is probably accurate, but I am not sure that it is parliamentary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Rattenbury, you have the floor.


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