Page 2900 - Week 09 - Thursday, 13 August 2015

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MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (4.55): Madam Assistant Speaker, what an extraordinary speech! Mr Rattenbury has made a justification for opposing the government’s motion, which is a very odd situation. It seems that once many years ago, when he was talking to Mr Snow, I did not continue to listen to him while he was haranguing Mr Snow. I find that a fairly extraordinary justification that Mr Rattenbury has for his position here today. I am reasonably confident—I do not remember the conversation: I do remember the event; I do not remember the particular conversation—that Mr Snow would be very capable of dealing with Mr Rattenbury in such a conversation. He probably did not need me there to support him in the haranguing he was getting from Mr Rattenbury. So it is very odd, very strange. I will try and reflect.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR HANSON: We went out. Yes, he was invited out to the airport to be harangued by Mr Rattenbury. I do not know if he has received any further invitations.

Mr Barr: Show us your slither, Jeremy.

MR HANSON: It is odd, isn’t it? Apparently I slither here and there, but Mr Rattenbury would know more about those sorts of activities than I do.

Going to the substance of the issue, this is very poor process, Madam Assistant Speaker. It has been highlighted eloquently by Mr Coe and also by Mr Wall. It is dodgy. It is just not the way that this parliament is meant to behave.

Mr Corbell: Point of order.

MR HANSON: Could you stop the clock, please?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Lawder): Point of order, Mr Corbell.

Mr Corbell: Again, the opposition cannot mount a substantive argument so they make imputations against members. We heard Mr Hanson use the term “dodgy”.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: What is your point of order, Mr Corbell?

Mr Corbell: It is an imputation. All imputations are disorderly and should be withdrawn.

Mr Coe: Point of order.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Do you have a point of order, Mr Coe?

Mr Coe: Yes. With regard to what Mr Corbell has said, we are actually allowed to make judgements and to make comments on things—just not on other members. To that end, I think claiming the process is dodgy is entirely—

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