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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (18 November) . . Page.. 5681..


Mr Hargreaves: Yes.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

Mr Seselja: It looked pretty reasonable to me.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Seselja.

Mrs Dunne: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, the form of this house is that members refer to each other by their full name. Mr Hargreaves should refer to Mr Hanson as Mr Hanson, not as "Hanson".

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, if I did that, I apologise. My normal appellation for Mr Hanson is Mr Hanson or Jeremy and, if I referred to him merely by his surname, I do apologise. I still want him to withdraw that comment.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, I am coming to that. Thank you. Mrs Dunne, that addresses your point of order, I believe.

Mrs Dunne: Yes, thank you, Mr Speaker.

Mr Hargreaves: It doesn't address mine. It was a reflection on the member.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, thank you. Mr Hanson, I believe that probably was a reflection on the member and I ask you to withdraw it, please.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, I withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

Schools—distribution of political material

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People, and refers to the incident where the minister handed out ALP show bags containing Labor Party membership forms and an application to join the Canberra Labor Club for students in years 8, 9 and 10 at Campbell high school. Minister, did the Canberra Labor Club supply you with the application forms? If yes, was the club aware that you would be providing these forms to minors? If no, where did you get the forms from?

MS BURCH: I think I have said that I am not aware of how the material got to be in my office or how it got to be put in my bag. I do apologise. But I also want to add that I do accept that this was an error of judgement by me. I have counselled staff, and I can give assurance to this place and to members that this will not occur again.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.


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