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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 7 Hansard (17 June) . . Page.. 2489..


MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I have given you a direction, Chief Minister, not to interject.

MR HANSON: then it is contempt of the Assembly. That is the matter we—

Mr Stanhope: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker, would you give the same order that you just gave me then in relation to members of the opposition when they interject?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I have already asked Mr Smyth not to interject, Chief Minister. Can you sit down, please.

Mr Stanhope: Will you do that?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Sit down, please.

Mr Stanhope: You will be even-handed, will you, Madam Assistant Speaker?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Sit down, please.

Mr Seselja: On a point of order. Madam Assistant Speaker, the Chief Minister's comment querying whether you will be even-handed is a reflection on the chair, and I would ask you to make a ruling on that.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I think that the chair—

Mr Stanhope: On the point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker, I was simply asking you a question which you declined to answer. I think it was a legitimate question—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Chief Minister, sit down. I am about to speak, and I am in control.

Mr Stanhope: Well, on the point of order—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Sit down, Chief Minister!

Mr Stanhope: You will be even-handed then, Madam Assistant Speaker?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Sit down! Chief Minister, you were behaving in an unparliamentary way. I asked you to cease interjecting. You were the only person who was interjecting at the time, and I asked you to cease interjecting. I have asked members of the opposition to cease interjecting. I will continue to exercise the powers of the chair as appropriate, and I do not need advice from you on how to do so. Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: In relation to that matter, Mr Stanhope, you are correct, in that what I was saying is that the standing order is the subject of what we are inquiring into today and Mr Barr's failure to attend the committee, and this is what has led to the matter of


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