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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (16 March) . . Page.. 865..


Mr Hanson (continuing):

we have said is that he has suggested, quite clearly, that people should not whinge, and that is a direct extrapolation from the comments he made on radio, and I can quote from those.

Mr Stanhope: On the point of order, there we have it: oh, it is an extrapolation! I said I did not whinge. I was not speaking for anybody else; I was speaking for myself. What I said was that I did not whinge.

Members interjecting

Mr Stanhope: I said I did not whinge about it. The claims that I said other people are whingeing is a lie.

MR SPEAKER: Order, thank you! Mr Stanhope, resume your seat.

Mr Hanson: This was about the context, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson! Mr Stanhope, I have already indicated to you that the option available to you is a personal explanation to correct the record on this one. In the meantime, there is no point of order.

Mr Seselja: Mr Speaker, Mr Stanhope again ignored your ruling and several times said there were lies being told and that people in the chamber were lying. I would ask you to ask him again to withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, it was provocative. Perhaps you could withdraw that.

Mr Stanhope: I will withdraw that, Mr Speaker, out of deference. But I stand by what I said. If anybody stands here and lies, as they have been, then I will raise a point of order.

Mrs Dunne: You can't withdraw and qualify it; it is not a withdrawal.

Mr Stanhope: I did; I withdrew it.

MR SPEAKER: We will resume questions without notice. Ms Le Couteur has the floor.

MS GALLAGHER: I have got to answer.

Mr Hanson: She's got to answer it.

MR SPEAKER: Sorry, I have lost track. Ms Gallagher, you have the floor.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I cannot apologise for something that was not said. I think we have gone to that, and other members have contributed to that debate.

On the issue of elective surgery, again, people should get their minds around what this territory does as a regional provider of elective surgery, knowing that 24 or 25 per


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