Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 June 2021) . . Page.. 1640 ..
place. We have been very lenient in allowing people to navigate their way through the standing orders of the Assembly. We have done that for opposition members on numerous occasions. Already, in this parliament, people have had the opportunity to reframe questions, to start again and to do things differently. When people have not appeared, and have not been ready for their slot on the notice paper, we have allowed the agenda in this place to be reorganised in order to accommodate the no-show—sometimes for people who have been in this place for three or four terms.
Mr Braddock’s motion received 25 minutes of debate in the last sitting before it was adjourned. It is appropriate that in this instance it can be brought back on, while being mindful of all of the issues that have been raised in terms of the committee inquiry, and that is a legitimate issue that has been raised and addressed. It is appropriate now to resolve this matter. Mr Hanson can make all the threats he wants, but he knows that he needs 13 votes to suspend standing orders, and you have got nine, mate. You are nowhere near it.
Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker—
MADAM SPEAKER: Will you resume your seat, please?
Mr Hanson: Mr Barr referred to me as “mate”. I think that is unparliamentary.
MADAM SPEAKER: We will let that one—
MR BARR: I withdraw. Mr Hanson is not my mate; that is true.
MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you. Have you finished, Mr Barr? You have a minute or so left.
MR BARR: Madam Speaker, in concluding—
Mr Parton: So it is a dictatorship. If you have got the numbers, you can do anything.
MADAM SPEAKER: I would not go there, Mr Parton. Hush.
MR BARR: The Assembly is the master of its own destiny, Madam Speaker. Thirteen votes constitutes a majority on any issue.
Mrs Jones: I’m glad he’s got the basic maths sorted out.
MR BARR: Better than you lot, I will tell you that now. That is why I sit here and not over there.
Mrs Jones interjecting—
Mr Hanson interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: Members, that is enough.