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In closing, we will not be supporting the amendments because they do not go to the nub of the issue. I stand by what we say, and we should all agree on it here. We support the ACT public service. The Chief Minister should not be threatening them. We want to see a strong and vibrant public service. And we should all be honest about what is happening, whether we are Labor, Liberal or Green.

Mr Gentleman’s amendment to Mr Barr’s proposed amendments agreed to.

Question put:

That the amendments, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

 Ayes 9

 Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mrs Jones

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call Mr Doszpot, I would like to draw members’ attention to a quote from Erskine May’s Treatise on the Laws, Privileges, Proceedings and Usage of Parliament on page 499 of House of Representatives Practice, where May says:

Good temper and moderation are the characteristics of parliamentary language. Parliamentary language is never more desirable than when a Member is canvassing the opinions and conduct of his opponents in debate.

I would like to draw members’ attention to that, as that is how we aspire to conduct debates in this place. I was listening to the debate and on all sides it was pretty unedifying. I lost count of the number of times the word “hypocrisy” was used. “Hypocrisy” has from time to time been ruled as unparliamentary, but for the most part it has not. But I think that members should reflect on whether they can conduct themselves in a better way than they have this morning. I call Mr Doszpot.


MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (12.02): I move

That this Assembly:

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