Page 776 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 8 March 2016

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MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Point of order, thank you, Mr Hanson. Ms Burch.

Ms Burch: The MPI is about the importance of small business in the ACT—

MR HANSON: Can you stop the clock, please?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please. Sorry, Ms Burch, could you start that again?

Ms Burch: On the point of order, I think the MPI is about supporting small business in the ACT; it is not a narrative on the Labor Party or the comments by the secretary of the Labor Party.

Mrs Dunne: On the point of order, if I could, Madam Assistant Speaker, there is no—


Mrs Dunne: question before the house.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: When I call you, Mrs Dunne.

Mrs Dunne: Sorry.


Mrs Dunne: There is no question before the house; so the rules about relevance do not apply.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you very much. I do not uphold the point of order, but I would point out, Mr Hanson, about relevance in your general narrative. I am sure you are getting to the point of small business.

MR HANSON: Madam Assistant Speaker, the point of relevance does not apply because there is no question before the house. I thank the Speaker; lovely to have her on my side for once. It reminds me of some of the other anti-business actions and attacks on small business that we have heard from the Labor Party. I remember, when we were in an estimates hearing with Mr Smyth, asking the question about parking in Civic and what impact that would have.

At the forefront of our minds as Liberals we were thinking, “What’s this going to mean for all the small businesses in this town who are desperately trying to attract people to their businesses?” when we know that parking is so important if you are going to attract people to come to use your cafe, your shop or your retail establishment. What about the workers, the poorly paid workers in many cases, in retail and in hospitality? Maybe it is their second job. They now have to pay additional parking until 10.30 at night.

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