The Greens’ Meredith Hunter is celebrating the passage of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2010 out of the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee.
The Liberals’ (including ACT Senator Gary Humphries) dissented, but the report recommending passage is available.
Meredith can’t resist having a dig:
“It is very disappointing that the Canberra Liberals and Senator Humphries think less of their local Members than they do of their colleagues in the states to represent their constituents.
“Evident in the dissenting report signed by Senator Humphries and the views expressed by the Canberra Liberals in their submission is that the liberal party think less of the ACT parliament than they do of every state parliament in Australia.
“I think every Canberran should ask the Liberal Party why all of their colleagues in the States are better than them and why it is that they don’t want to represent Canberrans on the same basis as members of state parliaments.
“After campaigning on ‘standing up’ for the Territory, Mr Humphries then had the nerve to brazenly join those who would keep the Territory, and the Parliament in which he once sat, from gaining basic democratic rights,” Ms Hunter said.