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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 4463..


MR SPEAKER: Are they specific questions, Mr Seselja?

Mr Seselja: They are specific questions. I would like to raise concerns formally with you, on behalf of the opposition, over two of your rulings in particular this week, which we find concerning and a significant departure from practice.

The first is one that we only realised had come about today, although apparently it was ruled on on Tuesday, and this is this idea of carrying warnings through from Tuesday right through to Thursday. According to your words—and we have reviewed the Hansard—you warned both Mr Hanson and Mr Coe, and you said, "I intend to carry the warnings through question time this week."It was certainly not clear to us at the time that that meant that they were warned for all three question times, but, now that it is clear to us that that is your ruling, we find that a significant departure. I would raise my serious concerns about that.

I would also raise concerns about the ruling yesterday in relation to Mr Coe, which seemed to be you, as Speaker, saying—

MR SPEAKER: We discussed that one yesterday, Mr Seselja.

Mr Seselja: I do not want to—

MR SPEAKER: This is the end of my indulgence, I am afraid.

Mr Seselja: Mr Speaker, if I can just finish: we could move a dissent, but I do not want to move a dissent. I prefer to put it on the record and not go through the rigmarole—

Mr Corbell: Just move a dissent.

Mr Seselja: I do not want to move a dissent. It is something we do not want to do. I do not think it is unreasonable that we put it on the record.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, thank you. We did discuss Mr Coe on Wednesday. I am happy for us to have a discussion outside the chamber. I do not think we should be using the chamber's time to have this conversation.

Mr Seselja: This will not take very long, Mr Speaker. I am just—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Seselja! Sit down.

Mr Seselja: Mr Speaker, I move dissent from your ruling.

Mr Stanhope: What ruling?

Mr Seselja: Both those rulings.


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