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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 12 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3847..


Mr Stanhope: Or are you rather one - eyed in the way you apply the rules, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Be very careful. I am not one - eyed on this matter and I do not think anybody else here would make that suggestion.

Mr Stanhope: Can you name somebody on the other side you have warned lately, Mr Speaker, particularly the political genius over there?

MR SPEAKER: The fact is that you are a constant offender in interjecting. As it so happens, today Mr Quinlan was also warned, but never mind. The fact is that I will not tolerate that sort of interjection during question time. Members ask questions and are entitled to get answers. They are entitled to hear the answers.

Mr Berry: No, they are not entitled to get an answer.

MR SPEAKER: They do get an answer, Mr Berry. Whether it is the answer they want, I am afraid, is beyond the control of the chair, but I can assure you that I will maintain even - handedness, and I will maintain it rigorously.

AUTHORITY TO BROADCAST PROCEEDINGS

Papers

Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Act, pursuant to section 8 - Authorities to broadcast proceedings concerning:

A statement to the Assembly by Ms Carnell, today, 7 December 2000, dated 7 December 2000.

A public hearing by the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety on 11 December 2000 in relation to its inquiry into the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill 1998, dated 5 December 2000.

FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION - STANDING COMMITTEE

Report No 8 - Government Response

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs, Attorney - General and Treasurer) (3.22): I have to say, Mr Speaker, that you are a veritable pussycat compared with your predecessor in the application of standing orders. Mr Stanhope should have been present during Speaker McRae's days to know what bias was all about.

Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

Finance and Public Administration - Standing Committee (incorporating the Public Accounts Committee) - Finance Committee Report No 8 - Final Report on proposed ACTEW/AGL partnership arrangement (presented 30 August 2000) - Government response, dated December 2000.


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