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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3331 ..


Ms Cheyne—I have never seen her more passionate than when she fights for her Christmas holidays. She has probably got a cruise booked already. She has already booked a cruise. She does not want to lose the deposit on the cruise that she has booked already. She does not want to have an extra sitting week. It would take her up to 7 December to actually work. My God, she would not want to have to work that long.

We should be in this place for as many days as we can. We already sit far less than other parliaments in this country. They have had an excuse this year to book their early holidays, which is COVID. They see that as an excuse for next year. They cannot use COVID as an excuse to book their holidays. Let us have that one extra sitting week, which will only take us to 13. It is not the 15 or the 14 that used to be the form of this place.

I used to think it was about them avoiding scrutiny. I thought that they had changed the committee system so that they could just try and reduce the amount of time and have a coordinated view of the budget and have a select committee. It has become my view now, when you look at what their game is and the reason that was put to me that we need a break—“We need a good holiday this year”—it looks like that has continued on to next year. This is the laziest government in Australia.

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (11.52): After that bit of parliamentary theatre and being described as a lazy leftie, Mr Hanson, I am happy to have a meeting with you after the sitting days are finished for this year and we will discuss any matters that might be pertinent between us, for example, admin and procedure. I would also note that I am on more committees than you are on, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

Mr Rattenbury: On a point of order, not only is Mr Hanson interjecting but he took his mask off to do it. It is all entirely unnecessary, and he should observe the forms of this place.

Mr Hanson: On the point of order, I just make the point that, throughout my speech, those on the opposite side of the chamber were interjecting continually.

Ms Cheyne: Mr Assistant Speaker, I ask you to take note that, throughout Mr Hanson’s speech, he made a reflection on us, as individuals and as a party, about our motives being improper. They were not, and he should withdraw that. That might be considered highly disorderly, per the standing orders, so I would encourage you to reflect on that and make him withdraw.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Cain): Noted. Mr Braddock, would you like to resume.

MR BRADDOCK: Thank you, Mr Assistant Speaker. Mr Hanson, I was asking for a simple reason why these days might not match the historical average, which is around 40 days in recent history. That simple reason is there are going to be two sets of


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