ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson has written to the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, calling on all members not to run interference in tomorrow’s health data scandal hearing. Mr Hanson said in earlier Estimates hearings on the scandal, Labor and Greens members denied Canberrans the answers they deserve by filibustering to protect Katy Gallagher.
“The Canberra Liberals are the only party which is committed to getting to the bottom of this health scandal, which saw almost 12,000 Emergency Department records falsified,” Mr Hanson said.
“In earlier Estimates hearings on the scandal, Labor and Greens Estimates Committee members ran interference to protect Katy Gallagher, going completely against the democratic basis of Committee hearings.
I can’t recall a parliamentarian lecturing a parliamentary committee on how to conduct its affairs, let alone doing it via media release.
In reply Committee member John Hargreaves has had a whack:
“The press release issued yesterday by Mr Hanson, under orders from Mr Seselja, was just another attempt by an arrogant Opposition to intimidate and bully members of the Public Accounts committee, said Mr Hargreaves
“At recent Estimate hearings, Liberal committee members Coe and Smyth, abdicated their responsibilities by allowing Mr Seselja, and especially Mr Hanson, to harass and talk over witnesses. As for a fair go, they monopolised over 60% of question time during a recent public hearing, continued Mr Hargreaves.
“As a committee member, I would call on Mr Hanson to behave like a gentleman and not attack and intimidate witnesses, said Mr Hargreaves
“I would remind Mr Hanson of Standing Order 235, that his appearance at today’s public hearing is by leave of the Committee, and that leave can be withdrawn if his behaviour again becomes intolerable”
Today would be fun if the webstream was made properly accessible. (ie usable for purposes of satire and ridicule)