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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 February 2016) . . Page.. 130 ..

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson. I would ask you to remain relevant to the motion. I note that paragraph (2) of the motion talks about the ACT’s vision for a safer, more connected community. Reference to the police may be applicable in that regard, but please ensure that you are addressing the motion.

MR HANSON: Thank you, Madam Assistant Speaker. The government do not like those issues being debated, do they? But let us talk about restorative justice for the thugs that attack police. We have said that, for those thugs that attack police, those attacks or assaults should carry additional penalties. The government do not think they should.

Mr Corbell: A point of order.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Hanson. Mr Corbell, do you have a point of order?

Mr Corbell: Madam Assistant Speaker, it is again on relevance. This is a very long motion. It has quite a number of parts, all of which refer to the value of restorative justice as an alternative justice response. Right at the very end it says:

… calls on the ACT Government to work towards the declaration of Canberra as a restorative city, which will confirm its commitment to exploring and implementing creative solutions to shared problems using restorative processes and continue the ACT’s vision for safer, more connected communities.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you; I can read, Mr Corbell. What is your point of order?

Mr Corbell: My point of order is that Mr Hanson is ignoring your ruling to remain relevant. He is continuing to have a broader discussion about law and order, about tougher sentences et cetera. That is not what this motion is about. This motion is not about traditional justice responses, and I would ask you—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Corbell. You have made your point of order.

Mr Corbell: to ask him, Madam Assistant Speaker, to remain relevant and have respect—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: You do not need to direct my work. Thank you; sit down, please, Mr Corbell.

Mr Corbell: for the subject before the chair.

MR HANSON: On the point of order, it is normal practice in this place, when we have a debate on an issue, that the debate can be broadened, as long as there is a linkage. We are talking about the legal framework, the justice framework in the ACT. I am saying that restorative justice will only work as part of that framework if the

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