Page 1446 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 6 April 2011

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MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): One moment. Mr Corbell, please be quiet. Mr Hanson, you have the floor.

MR HANSON: Thank you. But what we do know is that this government has received three bad reports. The Burnet report is shockingly bad. I think the Hamburger report is bad but the Burnet Institute report is unbelievably bad. It is just horrendous. We have been through that in some detail. As I think Mrs Dunne pointed out quite correctly, if it had not been for the Liberals being provided with that and then providing that to other people, including giving a copy to the Greens, it is quite clear that we would not have seen that, certainly not for a protracted period, if at all.

Simon Corbell has been hiding behind Katy Gallagher’s skirts, not wanting to be outed on that issue. He has been hiding like the coward that he is.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker—

MR HANSON: Could you stop the clocks, please?


Mr Corbell: Again I draw your attention to the use of unparliamentary language. The use of the term “coward”, I think, is unparliamentary. Mr Hanson knows it is and he should be asked to withdraw the comment.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, would you like to withdraw?

MR HANSON: Are you asking for me to withdraw, Madam Assistant Speaker?


MR HANSON: Is that your ruling?


MR HANSON: Certainly, if that is your ruling.

Mr Seselja: He is going to whisper it like Simon.

MR HANSON: As Mr Seselja points out, Simon Corbell was whispering it the other day. He will not actually have the guts to say it out loud in this place where it might be recorded in Hansard. He will whisper it. He will whisper it away because that is the mark of this man, Slippery Simon.

We have seen the damning Burnet report. We have seen the Hamburger report. I will just go through some of the highlights or, I should say, the lowlights. But most particularly, there are the points in the Burnet report that make it very clear that the enormous failures highlighted at the AMC are the result of a lack of leadership or government policy guidance from this minister. It is quite clear that is where the problem starts.

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