Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 8 June 2016) . . Page.. 1792 ..
MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Rattenbury! I think that you need to be very careful about the sorts of comments you make about the way this place is conducted. It is the responsibility of every person in this place to ensure that there is not disorderly conduct. If you go down a particular path of argument, you will get a rise out of people. You need to be careful just how big a rise you want to get. On the question that the amendment be agreed to, Mr Rattenbury.
MR RATTENBURY: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I do look forward to Mr Hanson reflecting on that matter, and the fact that he will not turn up to things that the Greens are invited to. It is an extraordinary position for him to then come in and complain this morning.
I will not be supporting Mr Smyth’s motion this morning. I will be supporting the amendment put forward by Mr Barr. I believe that it is a good reflection on the ACT budget, a budget that is a good one for Canberra. I look forward to making further comment on my views on the budget during my budget reply speech tomorrow.
Mr Barr: All yours, Brendan.
MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.48), in reply: Thank you, Chief Minister—
Mr Barr interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Barr. You were heard in silence. Be quiet.
MR SMYTH: We had an interesting discussion in the party room yesterday, Madam Speaker, about whether this would be a cognate debate with the standard government motion lauding their budget, but apparently the government could not come up with enough to laud and run their own motion on their budget. I think it is quite hilarious that it would seem almost that the Treasurer does not want this budget to be spoken about. It is funny that today we will have a motion from Mr Hinder on refugees. Refugees are an important issue. But you would think that—
Mrs Jones: A federal issue.
MR SMYTH: It is a federal issue, as Mrs Jones points out. But you would have thought the government might have at least made an attempt to come into this place and have a bit of a debate.
Mrs Jones interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mrs Jones.
MR SMYTH: So we put our motion on. I will just go to the amendment that always comes—nothing to see here; everything is great in the land that Andrew Barr rules over as Chief Minister. I want to go to what the amendment notes—and this is the quality of this amendment: