Page 2540 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 11 August 2015

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The Labor Party and their CFMEU mates are taking money that would otherwise be going to far worthier causes. If Ms Burch ever wants to come into this place and talk about the ethics of what the Labor Party does with their club, if she wants to bring that debate on, if she wants to get me debating that or any of my members, we will do so with pleasure. When it comes to taking the moral high ground on this issue, let me tell you, Madam Speaker, we are there and they are somewhere down in the gutter taking money that would otherwise be used for the community.

Do not lecture us about how we need to support sporting clubs. Do not talk to us about how we need to support charities. Do not talk to me about how you need to support the disadvantaged. You don’t like it either, do you?

Mr Barr: Why? Because you’re too arrogant to listen, Mr Hanson, in your smug hypocrisy on this question.

Mr Gentleman: Point of order, Madam Speaker, standing orders call for members to direct their comments to the chair. Opposition member Mr Hanson is directing his comments directly at members on the front bench.

MADAM SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order and remind members of the standing order.

Mr Smyth: Point of order, Madam Speaker, the Chief Minister just accused Mr Hanson of hypocrisy, which, of course, is against the standing orders.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think “hypocrisy” is a word that has been used three or four times today on both sides. I am not inclined in the context to rule it out of order or as being unparliamentary.

MR HANSON: I am quite happy to talk about hypocrisy when it comes to those opposite. If ever there were hypocrites in this town they are those who lecture us about the light on the hill, who talk about looking after the socially disadvantaged whilst we know tens of millions of dollars over the last few years have gone to the Labor Party and the CFMEU. That is tens of millions of dollars that would have otherwise gone into the pockets of some of the most socially disadvantaged in this town. Instead, it has gone to the likes of Andrew Barr and Ms Burch and Dean Hall and the Labor Party and their CFMEU mates.

If Minister Burch and the Labor Party ever want to debate this topic, bring it on. What I say is: do not try and conflate the issues about whether we support clubs or not, because the clubs know. They know because we speak to the clubs. When you talk to a lot of the clubs you learn that they do not like the Labor Party disease that infects their industry. A lot of the clubs not associated with the Labor club do not like that disease because they are good clubs trying to support local organisations. Do you think, Madam Speaker that those good clubs like the fact that contributions made are going to a political organisation? No, they do not.

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