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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 885..


That Mrs Dunne be suspended from the service of the Assembly.

Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, I would like to speak to the motion.

MR SPEAKER: It is not open to debate, Mr Smyth.

Question put:

That Mrs Dunne be suspended from the service of the Assembly.

A division having been called, and the bells being rung-

Mr Smyth: Persistent and wilful misleading.

Mr Corbell: I rise on a point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Smyth has asserted that I persistently and wilfully misled this Assembly and he should be asked to withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: I did not hear that, but if you said it I order you to withdraw it, Mr Smyth.

Mr Smyth: Mr Corbell was found guilty of being a persistent and wilful misleader of the Assembly. That happened on 24 June 2004.

MR SPEAKER: That may be the case, Mr Smyth, but you cannot interject across the chamber that somebody has persistently and wilfully misled this Assembly. You can draw attention to the fact that there was a vote, but you cannot say that, and I order you to withdraw it.

Mr Smyth: I withdraw, Mr Speaker.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 8

Noes 6

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Mr Pratt

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

MR SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing orders, Mrs Dunne is suspended from the service of the Assembly for three hours.

Mrs Dunne was therefore suspended at 3.33 pm for three sitting hours under standing order 204.

Rural leases

Standing and temporary orders-suspension

Debate resumed.


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