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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 3888..


Ms Follett: On that point of order, Mr Speaker: I find extraordinary the regularity with which you require people on this side of the house to withdraw comments but you would not require the withdrawal of a comment from that side of the house that we had deliberately orchestrated an industrial campaign and dispute. You did not require that to be withdrawn.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order. Mr Berry was managing quite well because he was not referring to imputations; but I have been asked by the Chief Minister, Mr Wood, if you would withdraw the comment "shonky".

MR BERRY: Is "shady" all right?

MR SPEAKER: No.

MR BERRY: Could you give a list of the ones that are no good?

MR SPEAKER: Just ask the question, Mr Berry. You do not have to go on with all these dramatics.

MR BERRY: This orchestrated lease - - -

Mr Hird: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I notice that you gave a direction to Mr Wood to withdraw the word "shonky", and he has not done so. He has disobeyed the Chair, and you may have to take the appropriate action under standing order 202(e).

Mr Wood: In response to the heavy over there, the word is withdrawn.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

MR BERRY: This orchestrated lease purpose change for the Charnwood Tavern, which now allows the Charnwood Tavern to operate as a licensed club, threatens the proposal developed by the community and demonstrates to the community that the consultation process was yet another sham. Mr Speaker, will Mr Stefaniak tell us what he did to prevent this little deal - can I say "little"? - this little orchestrated arrangement, from undermining the outcome of community consultation on the future of a school he closed?

Mrs Carnell: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: There is no doubt that there is an insinuation that a deal has been done, and that is simply unacceptable.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. If you are going to ask a question - - -

MR BERRY: I will withdraw it. I do not want to upset the sensitive little petals too much.

MR SPEAKER: You presumably want an answer to a question. I suggest that we leave the theatrics out of it. Otherwise, I will rule the whole thing out of order. I will have no choice. We will never finish.


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