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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 May 2021) . . Page.. 1305 ..


MR PARTON: Madam Speaker, the very simple offer that I am making here, to move forward, is that I believe that the three members of the planning committee would be happy to leave the chamber and abstain from the vote, in order to allow the debate to continue.

MADAM SPEAKER: That is not the question that is before us. The question that is before us is a motion for the suspension of standing orders.

MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (4.34): Let Canberrans see the circus that Labor and the Greens have made of parliamentary procedure—of abusing parliamentary procedure when it suits them. Mr Braddock brought this motion on, and it calls on the ACT government to, amongst other things, “report to the Assembly by the next sitting day”. It is so urgent that there is a “calls on” in this motion that asks for the ACT government to report by the next day.

We now have a farcical situation where he is voting with his Labor colleagues to adjourn this debate into the never-never. Do not forget that Mr Braddock is also the sponsor of this petition, a petition by the Gungahlin Community Council, which has said that the petition is being brought specifically because urgent action is needed. If this does not cry hypocrisy and make a mockery of what this Labor-Greens government is bringing to this institution, I do not know what is.

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (4.36): Madam Speaker, I believe that I have been misrepresented by Mr Hanson during this debate. For starters, with “Andrew, mate”, I have never been called that by the Chief Minister or any other member of this government. I would also like to stress—

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, please.

MR BRADDOCK: Excuse me.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Braddock, are you speaking to the suspension of standing orders?

MR BRADDOCK: I have supported the adjournment of this debate because we have started to have fruitful discussions, on notice, and I want to see those continue. I am still having those discussions and they will continue, and I look forward to those coming to fruition and being able to present something.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: I remind you, Mr Hanson, that you are on a warning.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you are on a warning.


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