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Hargreaves calls on Hanson to be a Gentleman. Can we handle the truth?

By johnboy 19 July 2012 24

Yesterday Colonel Hanson put out a unusual media release telling the Public Accounts Committee how to suck eggs.

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Standing Order 235, that his appearance at today’s public hearing is by leave of the Committee, and that leave can be withdrawn if his behaviour again becomes intolerable”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)

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HiddenDragon 12:48 pm 20 Jul 12

To add to my earlier comments, I believe there are serious issues of executive and administrative competence and accountability involved in this matter, and it would be a great shame if those issues got lost, and the story – in the eyes of many Canberrans – became something along the lines of “nasty, power-hungry men yell at nice lady”. That is why I think the Liberals need to take a logical, measured approach in pursuing this matter, and also need to follow-up with a positive alternative.

KimBelco said :

Gee SnapperJack, I’ll be anyKim you want me to be – Kim Sattler, Kim Jong-Un, Kim Jong-Il, Kim dotcom, Kim Bassenger or Kim Kardashian. You just name it.

Can you be Kim Hughes?

Potus29 9:50 am 20 Jul 12

It is incredible to me that we can have a senior public servant earning more money than any of us will ever see commit multiple cases of systemic fraud and the opposition whose responsibility it is to make the government accountable are the ones in the firing line for doing their job. I’m no particular fan of the liberal party but I am astounded that they are being criticised for raking people over the coals for the data doctoring scandal. In other jurisdictions the public servant would have been immediately sacked and the Minister would be for the high jump. We happen to live in bizzaroland where scrutiny is wrong, taking responsibility is unheard of and heaven help you if you happen to ask a difficult question to a female during committee hearings.

Thumper 9:26 am 20 Jul 12

devils_advocate said :

KimBelco said :

Gee SnapperJack, I’ll be anyKim you want me to be – Kim Sattler, Kim Jong-Un, Kim Jong-Il, Kim dotcom, Kim Bassenger or Kim Kardashian. You just name it.

Responsiveness: Exceeds expections.
Apolitical service: Requires development.

Avoidance of real issue at hand: Also exceeds expectation.

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