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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1007..


Suspension of standing and temporary orders

Motion (by Mr Hargreaves) proposed:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Barr from making a statement.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.16): Mr Speaker, the Liberal opposition have taken the view that the minister will not be given leave until he withdraws the slur made against our staff. If Mr Barr wants to withdraw that slur, we will give him leave. It is quite simple.

Mr Hargreaves: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. This is not addressing—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, firstly, my apologies—

Mr Hargreaves: and I did move the motion, Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: Yes, I was about to say—

Mr Hargreaves: so thank you very much.

MR SPEAKER: My apologies, Mr Hargreaves, for not giving you the call.

Mr Hargreaves: It is not a problem. I am not at all offended, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Would you like the floor now?

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (3.16): Thank you very much. Unlike those opposite, I am not so prickly.

I moved the suspension of standing orders because it is customary in this place where an event has happened in the past and clarification is to be given to the members of this Assembly that we give whichever member leave to make that further explanation to further clarify an issue which has preceded. If we do not do that, those opposite will usually say, "Well, you misled the Assembly."

You cannot have it both ways. In fact, after the minister had delivered his particular statement, I was going to rise in this chamber and seek leave to make a statement concerning an explanation that I made and a motion that I made only yesterday which would provide the reasons behind that. I do not believe, in fact, that this process should be allowed to go forward and I believe that the minister should be allowed to expand on something which happened yesterday or at any other time previously.

Question put:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Barr from making a statement.

The Assembly voted—


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