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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 12 February 2015) . . Page.. 315 ..

Consistency, certainty of decision-making and managing the costs are all important considerations. We know Mr Coe and the Liberal Party are not interested in any of those because they just have blind opposition to the future, blind opposition to a piece of infrastructure that will fundamentally reshape the way our city grows and develops over time.

This is an important bill. We need to proceed with it today. It is a reform that is consistent with the approach adopted for other important pieces of public infrastructure, such as the secure mental health unit, and it is extremely limited in its scope, as it should be.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Lawder): Stop the clock, please. Can I ask you to withdraw the word “blind” in keeping with previous Speaker’s rulings?

MR CORBELL: I beg your pardon, Madam Assistant Speaker?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: “Blind opposition,” you said.

MR CORBELL: Are you suggesting that is unparliamentary?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: In keeping with previous rulings of the Speaker.

MR CORBELL: I am not referring to “the” opposition. I am referring to their “blind” opposition, Madam Assistant Speaker. Is that truly unparliamentary?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I think it is similar to a previous ruling that I made about “grubby”.

MR CORBELL: In the interests of not wanting to prolong the debate, I am happy to withdraw any offence.


MR CORBELL: But I am very surprised at your ruling, Madam Assistant Speaker.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I presume that was not a qualification of your withdrawal?

MR CORBELL: Absolutely not. The bill is an important reform—

Mr Coe: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker.


Mr Coe: Whilst it might not have been a condition of his withdrawal, it may well have been a reflection on your ruling.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Coe. Mr Corbell, you may continue.

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