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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 May 2021) . . Page.. 1304 ..


MR RATTENBURY: Thank you, Madam Speaker. It is tough for Mr Hanson. He is not even in the “Our Team” photo on the front page of the Liberal Party website; so he has got to get up here and give a fine performance.

Mrs Jones: That is not true. Your phone just cannot—

MR RATTENBURY: Have a look at your own website, Mrs Jones, the front page.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members!

MR RATTENBURY: As colourful as Mr Hanson’s speech was, he has drawn a lot of long bows there. The simple fact is that this is a really important issue. Ms Clay has identified a particular problem that has arisen for the committee and there is further discussion to be had on this matter. It is a complicated issue and there is further work going on. I think there are some really good discussions again about the future of Gungahlin. Mr Braddock has raised some really important issues and I look forward to those discussions continuing. The simple adjournment today is to enable those discussions to continue. It is as simple as that.

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (4.33): In the interests of making peace and moving forward, and bearing in mind that the greatest conflict here relates to the three members of the planning committee, I know that, after discussions that our committee has had today, we would be more than happy to leave the chamber and abstain from the vote.

Mr Gentleman: Madam Speaker, a point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, please, Mr Parton.

Mr Gentleman: Madam Speaker, members cannot, in this chamber, discuss matters that are discussed privately in committee.

Mrs Jones interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Jones, let him finish.

Mr Gentleman: Mr Parton is reflecting directly on a conversation by committee members about a decision they have made. That is out of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, I am going to allow it, but I will say that Mr Hanson has in some ways verballed my comments. Many people have reflected on the fact that there are no standing orders on a conflict, but because there are no standing orders on a conflict, it does not mean to say that members are not conflicted regarding their role here, in having a debate, and their role as committee members as well.


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