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was the gentleman from Kambah who said, “It’s actually been really great working with the government. It’s helped me facilitate the process, and I’m really pleased with how this has gone.” That is the way newspapers sell, I suppose, but it was interesting that that was well buried on the second page.
Mr Coe: “It’s been great to work with the government”?
MR RATTENBURY: I have paraphrased slightly—
Mr Hanson interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: No, no, Mr Hanson! Mr Rattenbury has the floor.
Ms Berry: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, I think yesterday you made a ruling on references to Mr Rattenbury as the Green Grinch, and it was just mentioned again today.
Mr Hanson: On the point of order, I was referring to whether the quote from the Canberra Times regarding the Green Grinch had been highlighted. I did not refer to Mr Rattenbury as the Green Grinch. I did not. If you are sensitive about it, I will happily withdraw “Green Grinch”. However—
MADAM SPEAKER: That is a very good idea, Mr Hanson.
Mr Hanson: Sure, but I was not actually addressing the member as the Green Grinch. It is just the quote is in the Canberra Times which referred to the—
MADAM SPEAKER: No, no, no—just withdraw, Mr Hanson.
MR RATTENBURY: I note Mr Hanson delighted in the opportunity to say it four or five more times. Going to the key issue that Mr Doszpot was asking me about, the simple matter is that TAMS is still working through it. We released the guidelines. We were negotiating with the resident in Forrest to try to sort out the details of what he actually wanted. There was some suggestion there was a request for TAMS to organise offsite parking. That would be quite a significant resource implication. These things need to be worked through in some detail. The fact that Mr Doszpot and his colleagues came in here yesterday and asked questions in the middle of the process that TAMS is working through does not impact the way that these decisions are taken.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, will you guarantee that no traffic charge will be passed on to any other family who raises money for charity?
MR RATTENBURY: As I am sure Mr Doszpot has taken the care to read the guidelines, he will see the basis on which these things are set out. There is a level of discretion in the guidelines because different circumstances arise. For example, the guidelines note that if somebody were to sell food, drink or merchandise, that would be one of the factors that TAMS takes into account. So if there is somebody who has