Page 2816 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 29 June 2011

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MS GALLAGHER: Mr Seselja, at some point you are going to have to accept that the arboretum is here to stay. One hundred endangered forests being built in the heart of our city as a national attraction for the people of Australia is something that most governments in most countries would be proud of.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, on a point of order.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: It is on relevance. The question was not “is the arboretum nice or not?” The question was: did the ACT Labor government lobby the federal government for funding for it? It is a different question.

MR SPEAKER: I think the Chief Minister—

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves: The actual question was about the meetings that the Chief Minister has had since becoming Chief Minister, and the supplementary question was about something which occurred before this member became the Chief Minister. It should have been ruled out of order.

Mr Hanson: On the point of order, Mr Speaker. This is a line of inquiry that occurred in estimates. The Chief Minister has referred to the questioning in estimates. She is the Treasurer and responsible for the budget. This is relevant to her portfolio.

MR SPEAKER: On Mr Hanson’s original point of order, I think that the Chief Minister has answered the question in some form. Do you wish to add anything else, Chief Minister?

Ms Gallagher: No, I think I have completed the answer.

Government whip—comments

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, yesterday in this chamber and today in the Canberra Times you failed to condemn Mr Hargreaves for his offensive and sexist comments, claiming that they were “meant as a joke”. Repeatedly you have failed to condemn the action but apologised only that “they caused offence”. Chief Minister, why will you not clearly and completely condemn the comments from Mr Hargreaves, and not just excuse them as “a joke”?”

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Smyth for the question. I have accepted that the comments made by Mr Hargreaves were inappropriate. I have said that. I have also apologised as leader of the Government, and I know that—

Mrs Dunne: For the offence that they caused.

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