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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 3894..


MS REILLY: I would like to point out that I did not mention Mr De Domenico's name in my question. I referred to the Minister for Urban Services as he is the Minister responsible for government property, which I was discussing. I did not mention anyone by name. I talked about the Minister who was responsible.

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, proceed.

MS FOLLETT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, I wish to advise you and the rest of the Assembly that when I take a point of order in accordance with the standing orders - I believe that as a member of this place I have every right to do so - I expect to be treated by the Chair with the respect which is due to every member here in equal measure. I do not appreciate your shouting at me, attempting to intimidate me, calling me "precious" or using other epithets. I will take points of order when and if I see fit in accordance with our standing orders.

MR SPEAKER: And I will rule accordingly, as I see fit.

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, I have no objection to your ruling.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

MS FOLLETT: I do object to your shouting at me and abusing me.

MR SPEAKER: I did not abuse you, Ms Follett, and I would ask you to withdraw that.

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, I will withdraw "abuse", but you were being loudly critical of me.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

ACTION Buses - Gas Engines

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, yesterday Ms Horodny, I think, asked me a question about natural gas powered buses and I suggested that I would get some more information for her. I will present that to her instead of reading it into Hansard. I might just give it to her, if I could.

Mr Whitecross: Why do you not table it so we can all share it?

MR DE DOMENICO: If she wants to table it, she can.


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