Page 502 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 10 February 2009

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Mr Hargreaves: No, it’s a promise.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Just continue, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Let us see what else Mr Hargreaves—

Mr Hargreaves: It’s a promise. I’m glad you’re here. You reveal yourself. You are a low-life gutless wimp.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves!

Mr Hargreaves: Hello, Mr Speaker.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker—

MR HANSON: Can we stop the clock?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, stop the clock.

Mrs Dunne: I think the term “low-life gutless wimp” is unparliamentary and needs to be withdrawn.

MR SPEAKER: Clerk, stop the clock, please. Sorry, Mrs Dunne; I was concentrating on the clock.

Mr Hargreaves: Say it again, Vicki.

Mrs Dunne: Sorry. I think that the words “low-life gutless wimp” are unparliamentary, and Mr Hargreaves needs to withdraw them.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves: I withdraw it, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: I had other comments to make, Mr Speaker. I think that Mr Hargreaves has made my point very clearly for me. The fact is that when he and Mr Corbell are under pressure, they respond inappropriately. We have just seen it from Mr Hargreaves, and we saw it from Mr Corbell. (Time expired.)

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (3.50): I applaud the comments that have been made by this side, most particularly those which have said that this motion really is a stunt. This issue should have been dealt with otherwise. It was not deserving of a motion of this order. It is a direct attack on executive business. It really is not consistent with the standing orders. It is designed, really, to draw attention away from the matter of public

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