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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 3 Hansard (15 March) . . Page.. 670..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

which, of course, have disadvantaged students and concessions in an extreme way, is that we have to look interstate and benchmark properly. I welcome the acknowledgment by the Chief Minster that they got it wrong. It is great to see at least the Chief Minister coming on side with a Liberal initiative to look at—

Mr Stanhope: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. At no stage did I concede that the government had gotten it wrong. There is a point that needs to be reached—

MR SMYTH: What standing order?

Mr Stanhope: There is a point that needs to be reached, Mr Speaker. I am not prepared to sit here and have Mr Smyth, as is customary because he is essentially dishonest—he is more than that, but he is essentially at heart an incredibly dishonest person—

MR SMYTH: Well, he has to withdraw that.

Mr Stanhope: to stand today and say—

MR SPEAKER: You have got to withdraw that.

Mr Stanhope: No. He just accused me of admitting something which I did not admit.

MR SPEAKER: Well, you cannot—

Mr Stanhope: I did not admit a mistake. I did not say that. That was misleading. He misled the house in saying that.

MR SPEAKER: Order! You have got to withdraw both of those. You have got to withdraw the—

Mr Stanhope: I will withdraw, Mr Speaker, but I will not resile from the fact that I was just accused of making a statement which I did not make. Is that not unparliamentary or inappropriate?

MR SMYTH: You do it all day.

MR SPEAKER: It is a debating point. We are in the middle of a debate about a motion and, if it is felt that that is inaccurate, somebody needs to—

Mr Stanhope: I need to move a motion of censure, do I? Is that the only option available to me?

MR SPEAKER: You could do that, or—

Mr Stanhope: Mr Speaker, on the point of order: could I, in order to deal with this problem, move a motion that Mr Smyth is a serial liar. Is that the form that the motion would take in order to deal with his constant misrepresentation of my position? I would like to stand and say—


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