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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 August 2016) . . Page.. 2587 ..


I will not be supporting Mr Hanson’s motion today and I will be pleased to support the amendment put forward by Ms Fitzharris.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (10.47): I was not intending to speak to this amendment but I have been inspired by the debate to contribute and to respond. It is my generosity coming through in passing on a few thoughts about a few issues that were raised by Ms Fitzharris in her speech. It is interesting, of course, that she has all these prepared lines in her speech. Interesting even is the fact that she read more than half of Mr Hanson’s speech, which was all negative and about light rail. That was written in her speech! It begs the question how she knew what Jeremy was going to actually say at the time, at the time of actually—

Members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Order!

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

MR COE: They had this prepared speech—

Mr Barr interjecting—

MR COE: Because they had this prepared speech—

MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Coe. Sit down, Mr Coe and, Mr Barr, come to order. Mr Hanson, come to order. There have been a number of points of order from the government side about outrageous and loud interjections. But I think that the exemplar has come from the Chief Minister. I remind you that there has been some discussion about interjection across the chamber. I have given my usual ruling about interjection across the chamber. As I have said about some people in this place, their voices project a whole lot more than others. The Chief Minister comes into that category as well. I call Mr Coe on the question that the motion be agreed to.

MR COE: Thank you, Madam Speaker. It is interesting that they write a speech yesterday—after the admin and procedure committee meeting no doubt. It is all negative, all negative, all negative. Then they see today’s paper. Rather than actually changing the speech, they just give the speech they prepared yesterday. The truth is that the Canberra Liberals have what we think is a far better alternative for capital funding going into the future.

I want to address the important issue of Transport Canberra and City Services. We are very concerned about what we are hearing about the morale at that agency. We are also very concerned about what we are hearing about the priorities of that agency. Of course, it has been a capital metro takeover. I think everybody in TAMS knows exactly that. I think there are many people in that agency that are sick of being told that they are second rate to a tram. It is not a pleasant place to go to work when you are not valued and when you are told that what you are doing is, in effect, second rate to a tram.


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