Page 3517 - Week 09 - Thursday, 23 August 2018

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MS CHEYNE: I am almost finished. Madam Assistant Speaker, I seek leave to table some social media posts published yesterday.

Leave granted.

I table the following posts:

P-plate drivers—Curfew—Screen shots from Miss C. Burch’s social media posts (3).

I would ask that Miss C Burch seriously reflect on the defence that she has provided to the Commissioner for Standards. This is actually a really serious report. She needs to reflect on her own honesty and exactly what she was trying to achieve.

Yesterday, as a member who does not support trolling, who does not want to get into arguments with people on social media, she posted a meme on twitter that shows Minister Rattenbury. I think we are meant to be puppets but the way that it works, it looks like a mobile; so I would ask them to reflect on exactly how they put together their—

Mr Coe: You can rest assured it is going to get a lot more re-Tweets now.

MS CHEYNE: I do not think anyone is actually listening, Mr Coe.

Mr Coe: Exactly! Exactly, Tara!

MS CHEYNE: Exactly, thanks. Not only did she do it on Twitter but then she went and did it on her Facebook page, again, where I am still blocked. If she had any courage she would just unblock me.

I think, at last count, membership of the ACT Young Liberals goes well into your late 30s; so I understand that Miss C Burch is certainly still a member of the Canberra Young Liberals. They also shared the post and said, “Please respond.”

I thought it was unbecoming for members to get into debates on social media—according to one of their own. One of their own Canberra Young Liberals, one of the members who apparently believes in freedom of speech, then does this. Get it together! You have been here nine months; work it out. If you are going to be a leader, maybe you should ask your own ACT Young Liberals to have a think about exactly what they are sharing when you have a particularly embarrassing report now being published about you.

Mr Wall: Madam Speaker, I do not wish to speak to the motion but I seek your guidance. Ms Cheyne’s comments made a number of reflections around the substance of the report, in particular the commissioner’s ruling. I think she erred in suggesting that the commissioner in fact got the ruling wrong in this instance. I seek that you as the chair reflect on those comments and decide whether Ms Cheyne has actually overreached the mark on this one.

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