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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 7 Hansard (16 June) . . Page.. 2355..


MR STANHOPE: There is no point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, that is not a point of order. It is a debating point which you may take up in debate on the matter of public importance or in the adjournment debate.

Mr Hanson: I can go further, Madam Assistant Speaker. He implied certain—

MR STANHOPE: I raise a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Stanhope. Sit down.

MR STANHOPE: No. You have told him to sit down and he refuses to obey your ruling, Madam Assistant Speaker.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Sit down.

Mr Seselja: He is going on. He is clarifying.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Sit down. Mr Hanson is—

MR STANHOPE: No, he is not. He was told he had no point of order.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Sit down and be quiet. I will hear Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: If I may clarify, he said that what I was inferring was unspeakable. He will not clarify what it is that is so bad it is unspeakable. I was talking about foreign staff, and I can only infer from that allegations of racism or the like. I need him to clarify or utterly refute that that is the case, Madam Assistant Speaker.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you might consider using standing order 46 at the conclusion of the debate or raising the matter in the adjournment debate. It is not really a point of order. It is becoming a point of debate between you and Mr Stanhope, rather than a point of order. There is no noticeable breach of the standing orders. I think that there is a disagreement of views between you. If you use standing order 46 at the end of the debate, that would be the most appropriate time to deal with that.

Mr Hanson: Yes, certainly. I note that it would useful if Mr Stanhope could clarify the point that he is trying to make to the Assembly.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Before you commence, Mr Stanhope, I make the point that it is the Speaker or the person occupying the chair that determines whether or not the clock is stopped. You can ask, but you cannot demand it.

MR STANHOPE: I beg your pardon, Madam Assistant Speaker. I have no idea what you are talking about.


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