Page 3457 - Week 11 - Thursday, 19 September 2013

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MR HANSON: Sure. The point I am making—and I will not digress from this bill though—is that this bill, like other pieces of legislation brought forward by Mr Rattenbury, is ill-conceived, is mostly about posturing, is about trying to gain support from his base. In the context of a broader range of issues, this is just one of them. Others that I am giving examples of, Madam Deputy Speaker, include the piece of legislation that he brought in today, the Simon Sheikh memorial bill, and other pieces of legislation—for example, the one we are going to speak to next, which is an Attorney-General piece of legislation.

The point I am making is that I do not believe it is possible for Mr Rattenbury to take this role of trying to be all things to all men—to be a minister, to be a crossbencher. He tried this in the last Assembly. He wanted to be the Speaker and be a crossbench member. As you know, we have a very firm position on that. I believe he did perform his responsibilities as the Speaker properly but he is not as a minister because he is entirely distracted by other matters.

Our position will be that, as a rule, when there is legislation brought in here by Mr Rattenbury in his quasi-Green role that should otherwise be brought forward by the government—Attorney-General legislation or legislation in the purview of other ministers—then the opposition will move to adjourn that legislation—

Mr Rattenbury: How dare you.

MR HANSON: and that legislation be brought forward—

Mr Rattenbury: That is so disgraceful.

MR HANSON: Mr Rattenbury is interjecting that I am disgraceful, Madam Deputy Speaker. I would ask you to rule—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I actually cannot hear what Mr Rattenbury is saying; so we will—

MR HANSON: Maybe he would like to repeat it. Maybe he would like to repeat it for—

Mr Rattenbury: Yes, for clarity, Madam Deputy Speaker, I said that I thought that was a disgraceful thing to do, and it is

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Right; I do not think that is unparliamentary.

MR HANSON: There we go.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Rattenbury.

MR HANSON: What the opposition will do as a general rule—I am not going to wedge myself to the point where I am going to say exclusively—if we see this political posturing from Mr Rattenbury bringing forward these ill-conceived, ill-

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