Page 2307 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 5 June 2013

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MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Assistant Speaker.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Can you please talk through the chair as well?

MS GALLAGHER: I will, Mr Assistant Speaker. It is interesting that Mr Smyth interjects that what I was saying was not true. We have the letters. I attended the meetings where that was the line that was used by candidates. Candidates attend those meetings with lines issued from head office. Everyone knows that, and that was the narrative. All those people wandering around with the big signs on election day certainly were not talking even 12 years. They were not talking 13 years. They were not talking 14 years.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: No. I am not responding to that, Mr Hanson, because it is not true. You have the nerve to come in here and lecture this government about honesty. On that issue alone, you are discredited. The architect of that campaign is leaving the building and leaving the Assembly forever.

In relation to the education reforms, again, there is an interesting little example that Mr Hanson uses. My understanding is that Mr Hanson received Christopher Pyne’s letter to me several days before my office received it. In fact, my office had to ring Christopher Pyne’s office to get the copy of the letter that he had sent to me.

Mr Hanson: Look at the budget papers, Katy.

MS GALLAGHER: Look at the budget papers? You cannot even read budget papers, and you are having me believe that you compiled that all together. You are reading Christopher Pyne’s line. You have swallowed it hook, line and sinker. It is a very similar line. I think there is even a media release from Christopher Pyne alleging that the ACT school system would be $30 million worse off if we signed the national education reforms. Again, I have been seeking to explain this. Mr Hanson is running interference and seeking to allege that I am not telling the truth on this.

Mr Seselja interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: What you do not understand and what you fail to understand, and I note the senator-elect has re-entered the building and has started interjecting—

Mr Seselja interjecting—

Mr Wall: On a point of order, Mr Acting Speaker, time and time again people that have occupied the chair have requested members on the opposite side to refer to members by their proper parliamentary title. Can you please bring the Chief Minister to order?

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Chief Minister, I think that is a fair comment. Please refer to members by their correct title. You may continue.

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