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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 7 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 2348..

MR SMYTH: I have indeed, Mr Speaker. Yesterday just after midday Mr Corbell said:

Let us not forget Mr Smyth going to Westminster to enjoy the pleasures of Westminster.

This was in a debate about business on behalf of the Assembly. I have never been to Westminster on behalf of the Assembly. I ask Mr Corbell to correct the record.

The second matter is more serious. Yesterday afternoon after question time, the Chief Minister said, "There was absolutely no justification or basis on which Ms MacDonald was refused a pair". I refer to some advice we have from the manager of committees.

MR SPEAKER: This is not a personal matter.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order: this is not a personal explanation. Mr Smyth is debating-

MR SMYTH: It is a personal explanation. The Chief Minister has said there is absolutely not justice or basis for which this was done.

MR SPEAKER: Order! That is not a personal matter and you know it.

MR SMYTH: I have been misrepresented. There is a perfect justification and I have the details from the manager of the committee-

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Mr Smyth knows the forms of this place. The forms of this place are that he can seek to make a personal explanation if he claims to have been misrepresented. His explanation is limited to explaining where he has been misrepresented, not to debate or enter into argument over a matter.

MR SMYTH: On the point of order: the Chief Minister said that there was absolutely no justification or basis.

MR SPEAKER: He never said anything about you, by the sound of it, though.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I was one of the two people that supposedly refused the pair.

MR SPEAKER: I am sorry, Mr Smyth, it is not a personal matter. Resume your seat.

MR SMYTH: I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave not granted.

Standing orders-suspension

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (3.47): I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Smyth from making a statement concerning pairing arrangements and committees.

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