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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 2265..


MR SPEAKER: Order! There is no point of order.

Mr Stanhope: It is wrong. The point of order is that he attributed to me that I interjected that something was fraudulent. I said no such thing. I ask for that to be withdrawn. To suggest that I said a department document was fraudulent is false.

MR SESELJA: You did.

Mr Stanhope: If he does not withdraw it I will censure him as a liar. I will censure him.

Members interjecting—

MR SESELJA: He's very sensitive.

Mr Stanhope: This is a lie and I will not have it on the record.

MR SESELJA: It is not a lie; you interjected. Sit down.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Disorderly interjections do not help. There is no need for conversations across the floor about issues. Mr Seselja, stick to the subject matter of the question before the house, please. Now, Chief Minister—

Mr Stanhope: I will censure him if he does not withdraw that. I will censure him now as a liar.

MR SPEAKER: What is it you want withdrawn?

Mr Stanhope: The suggestion that I said a document was fraudulent. That is false.

MR SESELJA: Well, you yelled it out.

Mr Stanhope: I did not.

MR SESELJA: What did you yell out then?

Mr Stanhope: I am happy to have the record checked.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Resume your seat. I cannot order him to withdraw that.

Mr Stanhope: I just conclude on this then. I take this seriously. The suggestion that I said a department document was fraudulent is a lie.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Just withdraw that.

Mr Stanhope: I withdraw that. It is not true. The Hansard will reveal that I did not say it. The minute I get the Hansard, I intend to censure the member.


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