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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 August 2021) . . Page.. 2198 ..


Mr Rattenbury: She paraphrased it into the question, Madam Speaker.

Mrs Kikkert: It was a quote.

Mr Rattenbury: She paraphrased it in.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Rattenbury, do you want to stand and make your comment?

Mr Rattenbury: I think the Chief Minister was taking a point of order first.

Ms Jones: Now you do not want to speak!

Mr Rattenbury: I will speak after the Chief Minister.

Mr Barr: The point of order is that it is very clear in standing orders that questions cannot contain imputations, and that is exactly what that question did.

Mrs Jones: How is ‘all-white’ an imputation?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Rattenbury.

Mr Rattenbury: I take a slightly different approach from the Chief Minister, but I think that starting to refer to groups in the chamber by racial titles is not a slope that we want to slide down. I think it is quite disrespectful and not how we want to talk about people in the ACT in the way that Mrs Kikkert is seeking to represent it. I think it is unhelpful and unedifying.

Mrs Jones: On the point of order: we are constantly being given descriptions of different people in the community by their racial attributes by the government. So if people want to make the point that was made by Christine Nixon in this place and refer to her intelligent assessment of what is going on in this government then I do not understand how there can possibly be a point of order when a piece of fact that she has pointed out, that she has considered, is being stated by the shadow minister.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you repeat the question. You have stood and you have said that this is a quote, but you have not said, ‘This is a quote.’ You have just labelled ‘white government’ is what I heard, and I would agree that that is absolutely inappropriate.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, by what right—from the oversight committee chair, when she said “the white community thinking that they know what is always best”—had you to ask Aboriginal leaders to determine the form of a review—

MADAM SPEAKER: You have rephrased your question—


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