Page 905 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 9 April 2014

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In many ways it is a sad situation that the commitment that was supposedly given by the crossbench some years ago is not being carried through today, and today’s episode highlights that quite effectively. We will be accepting the amendment.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for Ageing) (6.22): The broken record has clearly been put on the turntable and we are going to hear it for the next couple of years. Every time I happen to disagree with the Liberal Party, it is a complete failure of my soul. The fact is that I simply disagree and have a different way to do it.

We saw the same garbage from Ms Lawder before when she wanted to send a matter off to the Auditor-General and we could not even be guaranteed the Auditor-General would look into it. I have worked with the various parties, including having spoken to Ms Lawder earlier in the day, and she came up with some mechanisms that we implemented immediately. But somehow it was a sell-out.

Mr Coe: On a point of order.

MR RATTENBURY: Here come the gaggle of glass jaws again, and they are straight into it.

MADAM SPEAKER: I beg your pardon, Mr Rattenbury. When there is a point of order, the custom and practice of this place is to sit down, preferably without comment. On the point of order, Mr Coe.

Mr Coe: Entertaining as the tirade is, I think Mr Rattenbury reflecting on discussions with Mr Lawder about a previous motion is hardly relevant to this amendment to Ms Berry’s motion.

MR RATTENBURY: Fine, I will let it go.

MADAM SPEAKER: I do not think that there is a point of order. I was a little concerned about the comment that a member had been speaking garbage in this place. I am not quite sure that that is unparliamentary either, but it was probably less than felicitous. Mr Rattenbury, on the question that the amendment be agreed to.

MR RATTENBURY: Yes, and given the hour, I should finish up so that we can finish this item this evening. Suffice it to say, I will be supporting Mr Barr’s amendment.

Whilst Mr Doszpot has some concern about the fact that it is not exactly the way he wants it done, what we are going to see, with Mr Barr having moved an amendment that will provide the Assembly with regular updates to the plan, is that implementation will be reported in the CMTD annual report. I understand implementation of digital Canberra will be regularly reported on in the soon-to-be launched digital Canberra website. So I think Mr Doszpot needs to reflect on his own words in the sense that just because it is not exactly in the form that he wants it does

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