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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 6 June 2017) . . Page.. 1915 ..

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: You have one minute and 14 seconds left, Chief Minister.

MR BARR: Madam Speaker, they are enjoying themselves. I hesitate to interrupt the joyous repartee that is going across the chamber at this moment. But going to the substance of the question, yes, you are often given advice. I take all of that advice on board. In relation to the Leader of the Opposition’s—

Mr Coe: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: On a point of order, Mr Coe.

MR COE: The specific question was: why is the government, under your leadership, incapable of standing up to external influences? I ask that he directly address that.

MADAM SPEAKER: I do not think there is a point of order. Given the interjections and the track the Chief Minister is on, he can continue.

MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Suffice to say that I reject the premise of the question from the Leader of the Opposition and, whilst former chief ministers’ opinions are of very high value, they are but some of many opinions that are offered in the community.

MR COE: Chief Minister, are you one of the members who owe their position, whether as an MLA or as Chief Minister, to the CFMEU?

MR BARR: I think anyone who has an understanding of how the ACT political system works would recognise—

Mr Hanson: Jon Stanhope does.

MR BARR: No, maybe Jon does not in this instance, because Jon, along with others, would be aware that we have a rank and file preselection process within the ACT Labor Party and, ultimately, it is the people of Canberra, through the Hare-Clark system—

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Stop the clock. Resume your seat, Chief Minister. I remind members we have a fairly short question time today, so the interjections will see even less questioning if you continue with that. I will stop the clock when people continue to interject.

MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker. The Labor Party has a rank and file preselection process. Those of us who are fortunate enough to be preselected owe our spot on the Labor Party ticket for ACT elections to the rank and file members of the Labor Party, and then—

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