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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 November 2021) . . Page.. 3263 ..


may take some inspiration from Bob Katter on this, as politicians, we do not need adopt all his—

Members interjecting—

DR PATERSON: As role models for the community, it speaks to how we present ourselves. Standing outside shops and doorknocking, out and about in the community, we should also be practising sun-smart behaviours.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Legislative Assembly—conduct

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (3.34): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) correspondence from Senator Seselja outlining that, in their joint motion of 8 October 2021, Ms Cheyne and Mr Rattenbury made false and misleading assertions about Senator Seselja and Senator McMahon; and

(b) that their false and misleading assertions in their motion have been made public and provided to all Federal Senators and Members; and

(2) calls on Ms Cheyne and Mr Rattenbury to:

(a) withdraw their misleading assertions made about Senator Seselja and Senator McMahon;

(b) write to Senator McMahon and Senator Seselja apologising for their false and misleading assertions; and

(c) write to all Federal Senators and Members apologising for misleading them and explain that they have withdrawn their assertions.

As all of us are aware, if you mislead this Assembly it is a requirement to come to this place at the earliest opportunity and withdraw. Yesterday, Madam Speaker, after question time, you tabled a letter from Senator Seselja that states that the joint motion that was moved by Ms Cheyne and Mr Rattenbury on 8 October contained elements that are inaccurate, misleading and false. The letter has been tabled, but I will quote from it so that members can be aware of what Senator Seselja said. He said:

I refer to your letter of 14 October 2021 to all Federal Senators to convey that the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Legislative Assembly passed a resolution regarding the issue of assisted suicide on 8 October 2021. I am writing to alert you to the inaccurate and misleading nature of the correspondence you have authored.

Specifically, I refer you to Section 1(f) of the resolution which states:

“at the explicit request of ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja, the Ensuring Northern Territory Rights Bill 2021 (Cth) deliberately excludes the ACT from any removal of a restriction on legislating on VAD;”


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