Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 2374 ..
MR MOORE (continuing):
Rosemary says, "I had better hurry up and do something". What does she do? She then starts trying to run something to get some attention drawn to herself, and we get this ridiculous business that she comes up with, her move to try to get some power, because she knows that if she can get into power she is likely to remain as leader of the Labor Party. That will keep these guys busy. You can give them a couple of ministries each, push Bill Wood off to the backbench and get somebody else as Speaker, and that will keep the lads busy, and perhaps the lass. That is what this is really about - "See whether we can corner them and see what we can do".
That is the game they are playing. The hypocrisy is great. All they have to do is defeat this motion, support the amendment to the education budget and support the amendment for the nurses that Mr Osborne is going to put up. Then you will really deliver something and we will have council-style government. Before that, you are better off to support the amendment I have proposed, which will allow you to do everything. I now formally move:
Omit all words after "principles of", substitute "Council style government embodied in Liberal Party policy which allows full participation by all Members of the Assembly".
If this very sensible amendment is passed, the motion will then read:
That this Assembly reaffirms the principles of Council style government embodied in Liberal Party policy which allows full participation by all Members of the Assembly.
That is a much more sensible way to go. Then we can do the amendments, then we can save education, and then you can take some credit and hold your heads up high, instead of this rubbish you are going on with.
MR BERRY (4.05): Mr Speaker, in the wake of that little tantrum, you might consider a valium dispenser.
Ms Follett: Or a dummy; I think a dummy.
MR BERRY: No, that could be dangerous. He spits them.
MR SPEAKER: I would not want it spat all over the floor, Ms Follett.
MR BERRY: Dummies could be dangerous.
Mr Moore: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: It is one thing for the Opposition to take points, but for you to join in is really pushing the luck. I was very careful to avoid including the Chair, Mr Speaker. I was very careful not to draw attention to the 1993 proposal and the difference of view that you have now from then.
MR SPEAKER: Order!