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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (16 March) . . Page.. 864..


MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson. A supplementary.

MR HANSON: Minister, will you apologise to the many people who are waiting for elective surgery—

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I am not aware to which minister Mr Hanson is addressing his question.

MR HANSON: It is a supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: It is a supplementary, Mr Hargreaves.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hanson has the floor.

MR HANSON: I will start again, Mr Speaker. Just to clarify for Mr Hargreaves, who is asleep up there in the back, this is a supplementary, so it is addressed to the original minister, the Minister for Health. Minister, will you apologise to the many people who are waiting for elective surgery for the Chief Minister suggesting that they were whingers?

Mr Stanhope: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, this will become tedious because I am going to object every time somebody verbals me or every time somebody lies, as Mr Hanson has just lied.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, that is unparliamentary.

MR SPEAKER: We will come to it.

Mr Stanhope: I will stand and take a point of order whilst they continue to lie. I am going to stand here—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Stanhope.

Mr Stanhope: and raise a point of order every time somebody in this place rises and tells a lie about something that they allege I said. I will do it every time somebody stands in this place and lies about this.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: Is it on the point of order?

Mr Hanson: Yes, on the point of order, what we have said is to suggest that Mr Stanhope had intimated that people have been whingeing. I could read the direct quote, if you wish, that makes it very clear that this was a suggestion from Mr Stanhope that people should stop whingeing. That is the assertion we are making and these are the questions we are asking. No-one has directly verballed him at all. If he can point to a quote where we have verballed him then he should do so. But what


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