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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (24 November) . . Page.. 4665..


MS MacDONALD (continuing):

benches opposite continue to try to stop the presentation of papers and prevent ministers from making statements on them. The Chief Minister and Minister Corbell have already talked to that this afternoon so I do not need to go into it, but I would like to make a comment on their reasoning. Their reasoning was that we had been discourteous to them in the morning and because of that they were going to-

Mr Seselja: You did not do your job. And we have heard shameful speeches from the Chief Minister, from the planning minister and from Mr Gentleman.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

Mr Seselja: It is an absolute shame.

MR SPEAKER: I warn you.

Mr Seselja: It has been a disgrace.

MR SPEAKER: I warn you. Do not tempt me. There has already been one person thrown out of here today.

Mr Seselja: It is absolutely the lowest act that I have seen in the Assembly.

MR SPEAKER: I name you, Mr Seselja.

Motion (by Mr Corbell ) put:

That Mr Seselja be suspended from the service of the Assembly.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 8

Noes 4

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mr Pratt

Ms Gallagher

Mr Quinlan

Mr Seselja

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Seselja was therefore suspended at 6.22 pm for three sitting hours in accordance with standing order 204, and he accordingly withdrew from the chamber.

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee

MR CORBELL (Molonglo-Minister for Health and Minister for Planning) (6.22): Mr Speaker, I note Mr Seselja's comments in the adjournment debate and I think his expulsion this evening was unfortunate. It did not need to be that way, but I feel that Mr Seselja gave you no choice. I note the comments he made in relation to his absence from the planning and environment committee. Whilst I cannot speak for other members, I think I can say that if there are, as Mr Seselja asserts, genuine personal reasons why he


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