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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1512..


MR WOOD: I will tell you about speeches. I gave a speech at lunchtime at a very important event. I get some dot points and I extemporise-

Mrs Burke: Did you know that he was going to make the remarks?

MR WOOD: Just shut up for a minute and listen. I extemporise between the various dot points.

Opposition members interjecting-

MR WOOD: You too.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Thank you for your assistance, Mr Wood, but it is my job to tell them when to be quiet, so be quiet.

MR WOOD: There is an automatic switch and, when I stand up, that mouth opens. For speeches, I get speech notes. I prefer the notes to be in dot points, rather than prepared speeches, and I extemporise. I saw the speech that Mr Hargreaves gave and I have heard Mr Hargreaves with pleasure on many occasion. I am sure that many of you have, too. He speaks extremely well and he has a very nice touch to the way he does things.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I draw your attention to the fact that Mr Wood told Mrs Burke to shut up. I think that is unparliamentary and disorderly and he should be asked to withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: I have thanked Mr Wood for his attempt to assist me and I have advised him that it is my job to call people to order.

Personal explanations

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

MR SPEAKER: Please proceed.

MR CORBELL: It is very interesting to hear the comments as recorded by Mrs Burke. All I can say, is that my grandfather has frequently referred to my physical coordination as a bit like a camel loading a shotgun, and therefore perhaps Mr Hargreaves is not that far off the mark.

Opposition members interjecting-

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR HARGREAVES: In accordance with standing order 46, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.


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