Page 1418 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 6 May 2015

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MR DOSZPOT: I am not, but thank you, Mr Rattenbury. People who are interested in and who are very much concerned with these issues are here in the Assembly listening to what we all are saying about this. This should not be a political scenario. We are talking about something that the community has clearly indicated that they need. The professionals in our community—the nurses, the teachers—have already spoken loud and clear but it appears that not everyone in this chamber is listening. Mr Rattenbury, you, of all people, tell me that you listen to the voice of reason—

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

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Sit down, thank you, Mr Doszpot. On a point of order, Mr Gentleman.

Mr Gentleman: Madam Assistant Speaker, the member continues to talk directly to another member in the chamber and should address his comments to the chair.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you. Mr Doszpot, please—

MR DOSZPOT: Madam Assistant Speaker, my profound apology to you and, I guess, to Mr Gentleman. I am sorry if, in the emotional point of this moment, I am addressing myself incorrectly. That is more important to Mr Gentleman than listening to what I am saying and listening to the community about what is really important. Get off your standing orders for a second, Mr—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, may I remind you to address your remarks through the chair.

MR DOSZPOT: I apologise. I will say one final thing about Mr Rattenbury’s comment about a sledgehammer. I do not believe we are using a sledgehammer but we are trying to get the attention of these ministers, to get them to actually listen to what the community is saying. Mr Rattenbury said a sledgehammer; I do not agree a sledgehammer is being used by me.

But I will agree with one thing—that I have picked up the cudgel on behalf of the disability community and the education community. That is something that I have been asking Minister Burch to do, to pick up the cudgel, which she laughed at, because she did not understand the word “cudgel”. I have certainly picked up the cudgel that I have asked Ms Burch to pick up, and I intend to fight for the community both in the education sector and in the disability sector. This is one of those points that have been going on for five years. I am not going to give up, and I just wish Mr Rattenbury could see the light and listen to the people, some of whom are here in this Assembly now—listen to what the community really wants, instead of political expediency.

MR WALL (Brindabella) (3.52): It is with great pleasure that I speak to Mr Doszpot’s motion today. I congratulate him on his tireless work on this issue. Mr Doszpot has been relentless in his pursuit of the government and of the minister on the

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