Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 15 Hansard (Thursday, 10 December 2009) . . Page.. 5679 ..
the point I am making—that someone who is advocating committee work then fails to attend those committees.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you very much, Mr Hanson; please resume your seat. Members, my hearing of the debate was that Mr Hanson used the word “hypocrisy”, but he was talking about a party and not an individual member. So I am sorry, Ms Bresnan; I will have to rule your point of order out of order. Mr Hanson, have you concluded your speech?
MR HANSON: I have.
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (12.28): I can recall a time in this place when the motion to set the sitting calendar in the Assembly took all of 20 seconds.
Mr Hanson: You were a majority government, mate; no wonder.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson.
MR CORBELL: No, Mr Assistant Speaker; it was well before that, I can assure you.
Mr Smyth: You did it your way then.
MR CORBELL: Well before that. It is unfortunate, Mr Assistant Speaker. I do not think it would matter how many sitting weeks I proposed; the Liberal Party would propose an extra two.
Mr Hanson: Try us. Propose 16 and see what we do.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you have a very loud voice.
MR CORBELL: The reason they would do that is so that they could score what is the incredibly cheap political point that they work harder than everybody else.
Mr Assistant Speaker, I think it is incumbent upon members in this place, in their role as members, to communicate to the broader community that the Assembly does not just work when it is in session in this chamber. The Assembly works in its committees and in the community, and those members of the Assembly who are members of the executive do a whole range of other functions in addition to their work as members of the Assembly. I find it ironic that Mrs Dunne in her comments laments—
Mrs Dunne: Like doing things on time and on budget.
Mr Hanson interjecting—
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Order, members!
Mr Hanson: The less time he spends interfering with his department the better.