Page 2484 - Week 08 - Thursday, 6 August 2015
It then says who is organising this: Anna Reynolds, Greens candidate for Denison; and Dr Bob Brown, former leader of the Greens. This event cost the taxpayer $1,457.76, of which $385 was for travel allowance and $1,072.76 was for air fares. What benefit did the people of Canberra get when a minister who was not responsible for light rail goes to a federal Greens candidate forum during an election campaign to spruik light rail? I would argue there is absolutely no benefit whatsoever to the ACT taxpayer for this event. $1,457.76 for Mr Rattenbury to go to Hobart to support Anna Reynolds, the Greens candidate for Denison, and Dr Bob Brown, former leader of the Greens, at a forum organised by the Greens during a federal election campaign.
The point of raising this is that there may well be many other questions affecting members on each side of this chamber. However, we need to have an adult discussion about this. That is why I commend the Speaker for putting in place a path that will finally give us resolution on this matter. But I urge members to be responsible, to be considerate and to be very careful when contributing to this debate.
Question resolved in the affirmative.