Page 581 - Week 02 - Thursday, 19 February 2015

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MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Barr! Continue, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Thank you. If they feel that there is nothing that they have to say of merit about their own agenda in this place that would take precedence, or if they have got nothing they can say to critique of any of the opposition members who have been running good motions aimed at improving the lives of Canberrans, I take that as a feather in the cap. I say, “Well done, Mrs Jones, for advocating for local mothers and playgrounds and children.” They cannot critique that. They have got nothing to say about that.

Government members interjecting—

Mr Corbell: On a point of order—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, resume your seat. Stop the clock, please. Mr Corbell, do you have a point of order?

Mr Corbell: I do, Madam Deputy Speaker, on standing order 58:

A Member shall not digress from the subject matter of any question under discussion:

We heard a little bit about what Mr Hanson thought about this motion, but he is back to his theme: “I don’t want to talk about this motion. I will talk about other things.” If he did not want to speak on this motion he did not have to, but he has risen and he needs to remain relevant and not digress from the subject matter under discussion.

Mrs Jones interjecting—

MR HANSON: Madam Deputy Speaker—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mrs Jones, could you be silent? I want to hear from Mr Hanson. Apparently he has another point of order.

MR HANSON: No, I do not.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Well, could you wait until I have actually made a ruling on the point of order before you jump to your feet? Mr Hanson, you do need to remain relevant. You have over five minutes to remain relevant. Would you do so, please?

MR HANSON: I will. Clearly those opposite are a little bit sensitive about this issue.

Mr Barr interjecting—


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