Page 3712 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 26 August 2009

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Mr Smyth: Yes, you do, yes.

MR STANHOPE: Well, I think that might be the appropriate—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, would you please just withdraw—

MR STANHOPE: I withdraw. I will withdraw it for the time being. We will deal with it through a substantive motion.

Mr Seselja: No, Madam Assistant Speaker—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Unreservedly, I understand.

MR STANHOPE: I withdraw. So we have it here; get the transcripts out from this morning; have a look at what Mr Smyth said and then have a look at the full transcript of what I said before estimates. I went on to say:

I do not believe that was their remit, Mr Smyth.

That was an equivocal statement. You asked it again and I said to Mr Smyth:

I have taken the question on notice.

You said that my answer to that question was to mislead. That is what you said this morning because you actually quoted selectively from the transcript of estimates. You did not quote the full transcript of estimates. You missed out the bit where I say that I have taken the question on notice so that I could check it.

Mr Seselja: When do you think you will talk about Andrew and his statements? He is not standing by him.

MR STANHOPE: I am standing by him absolutely. This is complete, sheer and absolute nonsense. Just by an expansion of your own behaviour, the extent to which you misled the community in relation to your real position on fireworks, it is a rebuttal of everything you do here.

It exposes this as the absolutely cheap stunt that it is: upset, nowhere to go, no relevance, no grasp of any issue, no policies—actually, no respect within the community. So on private members’ day—thank you for that—you actually resort to this nonsense, nonsense that is being treated and will be treated in the way that it deserves: with contempt.

This new attempt by this Assembly to deal with or to adjudicate on the political positions and statements of opponents in a political environment really is a new standard of nonsense. The censure is a joke and the amendments are derisory.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (3.30): It is interesting that in a 10-minute speech the Chief Minister could not once support his right faction colleague, Mr Barr. Yes, he launched an attack on the Liberal Party.

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