Page 813 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 27 February 2013

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even if a trusted friend and colleague cannot trust Mr Seselja then how can the community of Canberra trust him? And I note that Mr Seselja has dismissed this outrage from his party members as a disaffected rump. I wonder how those party members feel about being described as a disaffected rump.

Today we hear that, should there be another preselection process, Mr Humphries will contest that. So I do watch with interest because we do know that Gary Kent has quickly got a hundred signatures together from party members, that disaffected rump that they are referring to, and each one, each—

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Ms Burch, sit down. Yes, Mr Smyth, on a point of order.

Mr Smyth: I do not know whether Ms Burch has actually read the motion, but perhaps you could make her relevant to the people of Lanyon and the provision of the new pool.

Mr Gentleman: On the point of order, the amendment to the motion which the minister is talking to directly discusses Mr Seselja’s move to the federal parliament.

Mr Seselja interjecting—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, I am not having a dialogue across the chamber. Yes, the amendment does in fact go to the matter of Mr Seselja’s move to federal parliament. So she is speaking to her amendment, I believe.

MS BURCH: Thank you, Madam Assistant Speaker. And I will just finish on that note, that the Liberal Party, the disaffected rump that Mr Seselja is on the public record as describing them as, are so disaffected that they may choose to overturn that preselection process. It will be interesting what Mr Seselja will do after that. After not bothering to stand for his local community over two elections, he comes in and within a matter of weeks or months he has turned his back on them.

Madam Speaker, if you look at the size of that disaffected rump, about 15 per cent of his party base do not stand for Mr Seselja’s behaviour or what he stands for. I think that is a sizeable rump and it would cause most folk great concern. But, Madam Assistant Speaker, do not take my word for it. Let us revisit this after—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Ms Burch, you have been alternating between “Madam Speaker” and “Madam Assistant Speaker”.

MS BURCH: I do apologise.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I am actually Deputy Speaker; so if we could just get it right.

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