Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 13 May 2021) . . Page.. 1508 ..
considered highly disorderly. Mr Hanson, on several occasions throughout his comments, has made reference to Ms Burch smearing. So he should withdraw that. He should withdraw that now.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Steel. That is a very good point. Mr Hanson, I would ask you to withdraw “smearing” and then we will go and check the transcript for other words that impugn the Speaker.
MR HANSON: Yes, the conspiracy continues on, does it not, Mr Assistant Speaker?
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson!
MR HANSON: This is a smear motion. And I can say it is a smear motion. That is a debating point, Mr Assistant Speaker.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Are you going to withdraw, Mr Hanson?
Mr Rattenbury: If I might add a comment, I think that Mr Hanson is able to call this a smear motion but what he cannot do is reflect on the Speaker’s motivations. I think there is a difference there that needs to be brought out.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I will seek advice.
Thank you, members, for your patience as I sought advice—one of the wonders of being an Assistant Speaker. Mr Hanson, there were numerous points in your speech where you did impugn the motive of Ms Burch, as she moved the motion. Ms Burch is not moving this motion as the Speaker. She is moving it as a member. Regardless, you cannot impugn the motive of a member. So I would ask you to withdraw those imputations. Then the Speaker will go away and reflect on the transcript and we will seek further clarity.
MR HANSON: Sorry, can you just clarify that she is moving it as a member, not as the Speaker?
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Correct.
MR HANSON: I was just advised by the Leader of the Greens that she was moving it as the Speaker. So clearly there is confusion in this place about her role in what is actually happening here, Mr Assistant Speaker.
Mr Gentleman: On a point of order, Mr Assistant Speaker, you have asked him to withdraw. He is not withdrawing. I ask that you force him to withdraw.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Gentleman. We are getting there. Mr Hanson, I have asked you to withdraw.
MR HANSON: I withdraw, Mr Assistant Speaker.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson.