Adelaide Gaol

26 Sep 2007 speecharchive

This speech is in regards to the Adelaide Gaol. It entails a personal explanation from the Hon. J.M.A. Lensink in relation to a question put forward during question time.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

Members interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: Order! Leave granted.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: I believe that the minister has misrepresented what took place in question time yesterday.

The PRESIDENT: Order! The Hon. Ms Lensink may not debate either; what is your explanation?

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: Can I just refer to the question which was just referred to?

The PRESIDENT: Otherwise, you will have the Hon. Mr Lucas calling points of order on you.

The Hon. R.I. Lucas: Not on this; this is actually a personal explanation.

The PRESIDENT: In your opinion.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: I directly quoted an email word for word; they are the words of a constituent.

Members interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: Order!

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: I did not name a staffer, as the minister—

Members interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: Order! The opposition will come to order.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: I did not name the staffer, as the minister has tried to impugn, and on many occasions I have complimented her staff.

The Hon. G.E. Gago: The words were ‘have failed’.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: Those are the words of the people from the Old Adelaide Gaol. Perhaps the minister has a communication issue with the people who are trying to restore the Old Adelaide Gaol.

The PRESIDENT: Order! The Hon. Ms Lensink will resume her seat. That is enough; the disgraceful debate across the chamber between the Hon. Ms Lensink and the minister will cease. Does the honourable member have anything further to say?

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: No; I’ve said it all, I think.