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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (23 June) . . Page.. 2261..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

where it needs to improve its performance, target areas where extra needs to happen and to manage that through the organisation. And that is exactly what happens.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, a supplementary?

MR HARGREAVES: Thanks very much, Mr Speaker. In the context of occupational health and safety, minister, were the systemic cases of bullying by the Liberal Party on the staff of this Assembly referred to the Department of Health?

Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR HARGREAVES: Were the victims of that systemic bullying referred to the Department of Health for succour?

MR SPEAKER: The question is out of order. Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

Mr Hargreaves: Point of order, Mr Speaker. Could you tell me why that was out of order, please?

Mr Seselja: You are out of order.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Seselja, one moment.

Mr Hargreaves: I am allowed a point of order, Mr Seselja.

MR SPEAKER: Sorry, Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves: I beg your indulgence; I just did not get a reason for the ruling being out of order.

MR SPEAKER: I did not think-

Mr Hargreaves: Just because it is dramatic does not mean-

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hargreaves! Resume your seat, thank you.

Mr Hargreaves: Could you please tell me.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. I did not think I needed to spell it out. I thought the question was outside the realm of the original question. Whilst you tried to link it, I think the insinuation around Liberal Party bullying of their own staff is outside the scope of the question.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, you do not have to give an explanation and he is not entitled to demand one.

Mr Stanhope: Point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, Mr Hanson's question related to allegations that are unfounded that you say you took into account in Mr Hargreaves's question. Your reason for not allowing the question was that you do not believe the allegations are founded.


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