Page 1849 - Week 06 - Thursday, 14 May 2015

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Mr Hanson interjecting—


MR COE: That is what Mr Rattenbury said. In response, I said at the time—

Dr Bourke: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker, I draw your attention to the fact that the opposition leader has already been warned twice today by the Speaker for not complying with the standing orders, and that you have again drawn his attention to this.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Dr Bourke. As you noted, I had already asked Mr Hanson to be quiet before you rose.

MR COE: On 27 November, in response, I said:

We do not think this is reasonable and we do not think it is possible. I think we have all seen in this place many occasions where amendments are brought on closer than 24 hours to the discussion of the relevant issue. However, that is for good reason. In effect, rather than having debates on this chamber floor, the government want to have debates, they want to have discussions, they want to have deals done in the back room rather than in the transparency of this place.

Once again we see a Greens proposal that would have gone to the branch meeting in early December—perhaps at the Christmas party—or in November or December 2012. They would have waved around the standing orders and said, “Look, on day one we have already got something done.” The Canberra Liberals said it was not workable, and here we are proving in this place that Mr Rattenbury’s rules are not workable.

I see a certain synergy between the standing orders, that discussion we had on 27 November 2012 and the call-in bill we have before us today. In effect, not much is going to change. The only outcome we are going to get as a result of this is Mr Rattenbury turning up to the main meeting of the Greens and waving around his call-in powers bill, which has been amended to give the minister, in effect, the same discretion he had before, yet Mr Rattenbury gets a run on the board.

So, Madam Assistant Speaker, we will allow this amendment to go through, but, like so much of what Mr Rattenbury does, it is simply noise.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Motion by Mr Gentleman proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

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