Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4160 ..
MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to say a few words on an issue.
MR SPEAKER: You seek leave to speak to the Assembly?
MR OSBORNE: I do, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: There might be many people in the place who would like to seek leave to say a few words. Would you like to make a statement?
MR OSBORNE: I seek leave to make a statement, Mr Speaker.
MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, I do not particularly want to make a big issue out of it, but I think it needs to be addressed and we need to give Mr Hargreaves the opportunity to apologise on this issue. I will be careful not to speak about the debate that ensued yesterday, but in relation to a Bill that was passed, the burnout legislation, Mr Hargreaves, on the ABC this morning, said:
The Osborne Rugendyke copper team -
I have no problems with that -
have decided that they want laws introduced before the Summernats come in so they can have their big bover boys out there fixing up these young people.
That clearly was a reference to the police. The Oxford English Dictionary says that a bovver boy is a hooligan. I want to give Mr Hargreaves the opportunity to apologise.
Mr Berry: Apologise to whom?
MR OSBORNE: To the police. I understand he was disappointed with the legislation, but to slander the police in that way is unacceptable. I seek leave to table a copy of the cover page of the dictionary, an extract from the dictionary in relation to bovver boys and a transcript of what Mr Hargreaves had to say this morning.
MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make an explanation about the matter Mr Osborne has raised.