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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 3891..


MR BERRY: "Hypocrites" is out. "Little" is out. So, I will not use them. Mr Speaker, will the Minister tell us whether or not he knew - - -

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: I draw your attention to standing order 202(d) and (e). I think the member opposite is stretching it exceedingly today, and you might like to refer to those two parts of the standing order.

MR SPEAKER: I shall consider that.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, will the Minister tell us whether or not he knew that the club lease purpose clause was being changed or had been changed? If he does not know, could any of the other Ministers who might know tell me?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stefaniak, would you mind withdrawing the word that you used earlier.

Ms Follett: There were three of them.

MR STEFANIAK: I think I used the word "crap", did I not?

MR SPEAKER: Yes.

MR STEFANIAK: I withdraw that unreservedly, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

Mrs Carnell: I request that any further questions be placed on the notice paper.

MR SPEAKER: Before we move on, I would remind members that standing order 117(a), in its preamble, states, "Questions shall be brief". Yesterday, on two occasions, we had two very detailed questions - - -

Mr Wood: They were not from us, though, were they?

MR SPEAKER: No. That is true. I concede that to the Opposition. They were very detailed questions. In fairness to the Ministers and in fairness to the people asking the questions, if you are going to ask detailed questions, would you please give consideration to putting them on the notice paper rather than asking them in this chamber. You may not get the answers that you require, simply because they are not sufficiently detailed. I know that this is of some concern to members. It makes it very difficult for Ministers to attempt to give a comprehensive answer if it is too detailed. I simply mention that and ask members to pay attention to it.


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