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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4079..


MADAM TEMPORARY (continuing):

question and Mr Pratt is now reading from the Hansard a question that he referred to yesterday in debate.

Mr Stanhope: Point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker: Mr Hargreaves did not say that the question was not asked; what he was disputing was the interpretation that Mr Pratt put in his question today on Mr Hargreaves's answer to the question.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Stanhope. I have heard your point of order and I heard what Mr Hargreaves said. Mr Hargreaves said in this place after question time that his staff had searched the Hansard and could find no reference to the question that Mr Pratt asked. Mr Pratt has just come in here to say that he has found it. He is setting the record straight. Are you finished, Mr Pratt?

MR PRATT: Just to finish this clarification off, this personal explanation.

Mr Stanhope: Point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Mr Hargreaves did not say that.

MR PRATT: You must be desperate, Chief Minister.

Mr Stanhope: Mr Hargreaves said that—

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Stanhope.

Mr Stanhope: No, you are quite wrong, and the Hansard will reveal that you are wrong.

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: In that case, if you question my recollection of the Hansard

Mr Stanhope: I do.

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: I will go back and review the Hansard and I will set the record straight if I am wrong, but at this stage my ruling is that Mr Pratt is entitled to make a personal explanation under standing order 46. If you interrupt again, I will get very annoyed with you and I might use the standing orders against you, Mr Stanhope.

Mr Stanhope: Point of order then, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker: on what basis can you make those sorts of threats against me for taking a point of order?

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Because, Mr Stanhope, the point of order has been addressed on a number of occasions and it is coming to the point where you are making frivolous points of order to interrupt the proceedings of the house.

MR PRATT: On the point of order: the Chief Minister should respect the office of the chair.


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