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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 4885..


Various council members have been representatives on youth councils and representative councils previously. Council members have a range of interests in the community, including an emphasis on arts, with its members being active in both the Canberra Youth Orchestra and the Canberra Youth Theatre.

I am very pleased with the quality. I think that is quite an impressive list of young people that have shown an interest in being a member of YAC. The skills, experience, interests and views that they will bring will, indeed, be quite fantastic. It is a diverse group and I believe that gives the government a good source of engagement with young people throughout the ACT on issues that matter to them. (Time expired.)

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Standing order 73

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, under standing order 73, I seek your ruling in relation to standing order 62 or perhaps standing orders 202(a) or (e). On a number of occasions in the last five months you have had to bring Mr Hargreaves to heel—particularly on 23 June, 24 June and 29 June—for asking supplementaries that were clearly out of order. On 29 June you actually said:

If you continue to ask questions that are evidently out of order, you are going to push me to have to make a stronger ruling than simply ruling it out of order.

Mr Hargreaves did it in the last sitting period; he has done it again today. When will you make a stronger ruling than simply ruling it out of order, as he continues to ignore you?

MR SPEAKER: Clearly, Mr Smyth, it is the judgement of the Speaker as to when to make that call. It was not my judgement today that that was an issue I needed to cover. I also had cause to address Mr Hanson in the same way today, and I think that is an ongoing question of judgement. I note your concern.

Mr Smyth: So is that your ruling?

MR SPEAKER: I am not required to make a ruling, Mr Smyth. You asked me for my feedback.

Mr Smyth: No, I asked you on a point of order under standing order 73, and the Speaker has to make a ruling. It says "shall make a ruling".

MR SPEAKER: I made a ruling on Mr Hargreaves earlier. I ruled his question out of order. Sit down, Mr Smyth.

Mr Smyth: And the point of order is, though, Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, I have been clear. Sit down, thank you.

Mr Smyth: Well, no, you have not been clear, Mr Speaker.


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