Section: Simon Corbell, MLA | Media Releases
The Legislative Assembly has today expressed its grave concern over comments made by the Leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Police Minister in the Legislative Assembly which breached the Sub Judice convention, Attorney General, Simon Corbell, said.
The Sub judice convention relates to Members of the Legislative Assembly not commenting on matters that are currently being considered by the courts.
"Comments made by Mr Seselja and Mr Hanson last week during debate in the Legislative Assembly have been found to be in breach of this important convention, and this finding brings Mr Seselja and Mr Hanson's judgement squarely into question," Mr Corbell said.
"This Sub judice convention exists for a reason, to prevent prejudicial comments being made on a matter before the courts for trial or sentence.
"Mr Seselja has led his party in a series of comments that clearly and shamelessly breach this convention with no consideration for the sensitivities of the case that is currently before the ACT Supreme Court.
"There is a clear and important division between the legislative, executive and judicial arms of government and this has been ignored, either in ignorance, or carelessness, by the man seeking to lead the Territory."
Earlier today the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly tabled advice from the Clerk of the Assembly which concluded Mr Seselja's and Mr Hanson's comments were in breach of the Assembly's rules on Sub judice.
Mr Corbell said that the Assembly had supported a government motion to reaffirm support in the continuing resolution 10 in relation to the application of the Sub Judice convention.
"This lapse in judgement by the opposition members, who don't think that standing orders or Assembly conventions apply to them, is very concerning and I encourage Mr Seselja to admit that he and his members were wrong in their comments last week and commit to the Canberra Liberal's continuing support of this important convention," Mr Corbell said.
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