Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 13 Hansard (4 December) . . Page.. 4564..
MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement in response to the comments by Mr Curnow that have been adopted.
Mr Moore: Why did you not do it in the debate?
MR SPEAKER: Yes, I thank you for your interjection, Mr Moore. I am a little surprised it was not done during the debate.
MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, I canvassed both options with you in private and at the time you did not express an opinion one way or the other. I assumed that either option was open to me.
MR SPEAKER: You have received the permission of the Assembly.
MR WHITECROSS: Thank you, Mr Speaker; but you editorialised from the chair, so I am responding to your editorial comment.
Mr Humphries: Sensitive!
MR WHITECROSS: No; if Mr Speaker wants to debate the forms of the house, I am happy to do it, Mr Humphries.
MR SPEAKER: I do not know whether this is under standing order 46 or not, but you have been given leave of the Assembly, Mr Whitecross. Proceed.
Mr Moore: No. You refuse the right to Mr Curnow. You do not have it, no.
MR SPEAKER: So leave is refused.
MR WHITECROSS: We debated whether the majority of the Assembly should decide that it should be incorporated in Hansard. Now that it has been incorporated, I wish to respond to it. If it had not been incorporated, I would not have responded to it.
Mr Osborne: Yes, let him speak.
MR WHITECROSS: Thank you.
MR SPEAKER: Is leave granted?