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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 8 May 2008) . . Page.. 1694 ..

silent majority in favour of privileging less representative interest groups. It is shades of the Keating government and what we shall see more of under the government of K Rudd and his summit of self-appointed and unrepresentative groups of individuals touted falsely as the brightest and best.

Mr Corbell: I take a point of order on relevance, Mr Assistant Speaker. Whilst Mrs Burke is quite entitled to make any comments that she likes about the political philosophy of Labor governments, here or federally, it does not have much to do with the detail stage of this bill, which concerns whether or not—

MRS BURKE: Of course it does. It goes to the very heart of it. If you can’t take it, you shouldn’t give it.

Mr Corbell: If I can make my point of order without being interrupted: references to the Keating government or references to the Rudd government have absolutely nothing to do with this bill.

MRS BURKE: It is about democracy.

Mr Corbell: The Assembly is debating whether clause 14 should be agreed to. Clause 14 relates to the retention of the proposal to omit non-party groups. I ask you to draw Mrs Burke’s attention to it, Mr Assistant Speaker.

MRS BURKE: Thank you, Mr Corbell.

Mr Mulcahy: Mr Assistant Speaker, could I speak to the point of order? Earlier tonight, Mr Corbell explained about the relationship between what is going on here and the commonwealth parliament.

MRS BURKE: Exactly. What hypocrisy!

Mr Mulcahy: He is saying that we cannot talk about the Rudd government when the Rudd government is doing things that this government is now jumping into bed with and saying, “What a great way to go.” I find it impossible to see any credibility in that point of order.

MRS BURKE: If you can’t take it, you shouldn’t give it, Mr Corbell.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Gentleman): Thank you, Mr Mulcahy.

Mr Corbell: My point of order is on relevance.

MRS BURKE: I take note and I am being very relevant.

Mr Corbell interjecting—

MRS BURKE: Mr Assistant Speaker, I hope you rule that other members in this chamber from the Labor Party remain relevant.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Indeed. Go ahead, Mrs Burke.

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