Page 307 - Week 01 - Thursday, 12 February 2015

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MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, please sit down. While I was considering that matter, you managed to repeat the term several times. The word “grubby” certainly has precedence of being withdrawn in the past. Firstly, Mr Hanson, I ask you to withdraw your use of the term “grubby”.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, I did not hear you say it.

Mr Doszpot: Madam Assistant Speaker, if I can take a point of order on that, I would like Mr Gentleman to tell me exactly what I need to withdraw.

Mr Corbell: No, you’re being asked to withdraw. You’re being asked by the chair to withdraw.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Yes, you have been asked to withdraw.

Mr Doszpot: Well, I did not say that. I never used the word “grubby”.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I will review the tape, Mr Doszpot. At this point—

Mr Doszpot: Mr Gentleman, can you—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, I am speaking.

Mr Doszpot: What did I say?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Silence! I am speaking now. Just give me a second. I did not hear it. Mr Gentleman alleges that he heard it. I will review the tape and we will do it then. If you say you have not said it, thank you. In the meantime, Mr Coe, please continue, with restraint.

MR COE: Happily, Madam Assistant Speaker. This government is a government that has lost its way. It features a crossbencher who has lost his conviction. There was a time when the Greens in this place were the champions of Latimer House. They were the champions of consultation. They were the champions of principles in policies. We will always disagree that they actually lived up to that, but they at least purported to do that. Whereas now we have a situation whereby there is legislation to shut out the community about heritage, about Indigenous heritage, about trees, about development applications, about high-voltage electricity wires, about all sorts of infrastructure projects, and Mr Rattenbury is completely silent.

Not only is he silent but he has silenced the community as well because he has not sought to get any feedback whatsoever from the community on this. How is it that the Inner North Community Council went to air about this sort of legislation? How is it that numerous community councils had not heard of this legislation until I emailed them? What is this government hiding?

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