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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 November 2021) . . Page.. 3191 ..


Mrs Jones: And cancelling one of our motions.

MR HANSON: Mrs Jones is right. The attempt to scrub a Liberal motion as part of this is one of the most outrageous abuses of parliamentary procedures that I have seen in my 13 years in this place. The Greens should not be supporting this. This is tricksy by the Labor Party. You kind of get that; you understand that is the way they play the game. But Mr Rattenbury is a former Speaker, and we always hear about the ethical conduct of the Greens, that they will always do the right thing. That is what they say.

Quite clearly, we have a very serious allegation before us from two federal senators that they have been misrepresented in this place, and not just in this place; the Speaker then wrote a letter from this Assembly to all federal senators and, I believe, members. She may be able to clarify; she is nodding her head. For us to say that, with that sitting here before us, we are going to just shunt that off to Thursday and we will cancel a Liberal motion on an important topic, which is something that we have all agreed previously, is an absolute declaration of war on democracy in this place.

It is an absolute declaration of war on democracy. It is the sort of gutter politics that I expect from Mick Gentleman, this minister, this Manager of Government Business, who is trying to evade this debate and is trying to say it is okay. That is what this government is saying. It is okay to come in here and mislead, slur, misrepresent and make false statements about senators. You can then get the Speaker to write a letter to all federal members up on the hill with those lies in it and there is no consequence. You just say, “We’ll put that debate off until Thursday, knock off a Liberal motion and have a good laugh about it in the interim.”

There is a two-hour notice period if you are going to move a vote of no confidence. The letter was tabled by Madam Speaker two hours and 40 minutes ago. So what we are saying is that we have not had enough time to look at what is clearly a mislead in this place, but somehow you have got to have two hours for a vote of no confidence. This is outrageous, Madam Speaker, and you know it. Mr Gentleman knows it. Mr Rattenbury knows it. All of you know it. If you all vote for this disgusting little grubby motion then forget democracy in this place! You have showed your colours and the Greens will have showed their colours indeed!

Question resolved in the negative.

Legislative Assembly—conduct

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (5.43): I seek leave to move the motion circulated in my name calling on Ms Cheyne and Mr Rattenbury to withdraw misleading statements and apologise to federal members.

Leave not granted.

Standing orders—suspension

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (5.43): I move:


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