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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 19 February 2015) . . Page.. 584 ..

Mr Hanson: A point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please.

Mr Hanson: You ruled me out of order for foreshadowing possible motions or further work in this place as not being relevant to the debate. The minister is foreshadowing potential motions or bills in another parliament. That is a further stretch of the relevance of the debate than foreshadowing—

Mr Barr: It’s directly related to the motion we’re debating.

Mr Hanson: I was specifically ruled out of order because apparently I am now not allowed to foreshadow what might be coming in this place, but apparently you are allowed to foreshadow what is coming in another place.

MR CORBELL: On the point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker, it is a statement of fact; it is on the public record. I am referring to it because it is relevant to the debate about knights and dames and it is about how other parliaments view this question and how this parliament should do the same. It is entirely relevant.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: There is no point of order. Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. The Liberals should live by the credo that they profess. They profess that they will stand up for Canberra. They do not care what their federal colleagues do; they will stand up for Canberra. Well, stand up for all those Canberrans who have received awards under the Order of Australia and tell the Prime Minister that it is wrong for those awards to be diminished by the appointment of knights and dames. Stand up for them.

The Leader of the Opposition has been outstanding in his ability to avoid that question. He has not in any way said what his position is on whether or not these awards should be retained. That stands in marked contrast to Liberals in other places. Dr Andrew Laming has said that he had no other option but to introduce a private member’s bill to try and stop any future titles. He said:

The direction that we’re looking for in 2015 had to include the removal of these awards.

He went on to say:

I don’t see a point in awarding English royals with what are fundamentally imperial awards, and using Australia as the intermediary.

He said:

I don’t think it works, it undermines the awards system and I think that is an absolutely unacceptable position to be in.

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