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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 November 2021) . . Page.. 3193 ..

happen. In this parliament the Greens and the Labor Party get together and say, “Stuff that. We’ll forget about all the protocol. We’ll forget about doing the right thing. We’ll forget about adhering to standing orders, because we’ve got the numbers.”

Why would anyone in the federal parliament trust us? Why, after this debacle, would anybody on the hill say, “Yes, they deserve state rights. Look at them. Look how professionally they conduct themselves”? They are going to be on the hill looking at this and saying, “My goodness me, why would you trust this mob if the Labor ministers and the Greens ministers are going to misrepresent senators and then, when they become aware of it, instead of dealing with it in a professional matter as parliamentarians should, they’re going to hide from it; they’re going to use their numbers to muzzle it”? What a disgrace. The motion is before you there, Mr Rattenbury and Ms Cheyne. You should, whether it gets debated in this place or not, deal with it. Come into this place and withdraw, write a letter of apology, correct the record, end this fiasco and restore some of the damage you have done. (Time expired.)

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (5.48): We will not be supporting the suspension of standing orders to bring this motion on today. As I said, Mr Hanson can happily bring it on on Thursday, when it will be debated. We are not hiding from anything. We are happy to debate it in the appropriate timeslot where it gives the government and those concerned some time to consider the content of the motion.

Question put:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would allow his motion to be debated.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 15

Mr Cain

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Ms Castley

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mrs Jones

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Ms Lawder

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mr Milligan

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Parton

Mr Gentleman

Question resolved in the negative.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

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