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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 7 Hansard (16 June) . . Page.. 2299..


Mr Seselja: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker: this is not a point of order. He is debating the issue.

Mr Stanhope: If I was the subject of them and I was a public servant, I would sue. That is what I said. If they were made about me as a public servant, I would have sued.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, Mr Stanhope! What is your point of order, Mr Stanhope?

Mr Stanhope: I was just correcting the record.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Okay.

MR HANSON: The point is that I have not made any assertions about a public servant. If you read my press release, if you read all of my press releases, you will see that they are clearly directed at the executive, as they appropriately should be. And it is for the executive to respond.

In receiving the letter that I did, my concern was that, if I did not comply with those actions—I was being intimidated; I was being threatened—and with what I was being requested to do, all through the letter, further action would be taken against me. As a result of that, I considered that to be interference with my free ability to conduct my duties as a member of this place. Certainly, a number of views have been expressed here today in this debate—and I thank members for their contributions.

Mr Stanhope: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please.

Mr Stanhope: it is simply not true that that letter from Mr Cormack contains an allegation that further action will be taken.

Mr Seselja: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker: there is no point of order here.

Mr Stanhope: That is not true and it should be withdrawn.

Mr Seselja: He is constantly interjecting.

Mr Stanhope: It is simply not true, and must be withdrawn.

Mr Seselja: He is debating the issue, Madam Deputy Speaker.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: There is no point of order, Mr Stanhope. Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. Certainly, a number of issues have been raised here. This is not an attempt by me to malign any individual, but we


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