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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 2 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 754..


Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR STANHOPE: It simply is not appropriate—and the submission goes to this—that there is in place an anachronistic provision within our constitution that allows—

Mr Doszpot interjecting—

MR STANHOPE: a minister of another parliament that does not represent this place, in the exercising of a fiat, an executive fiat or discretion, to overturn legislation made through a democratic process by this Assembly for and on behalf of the people that elect them to represent them.

We make that submission, we make it unambiguously and unapologetically and we do not believe that any fair-minded person, any person committed to democracy or equality—

Mr Doszpot interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, that is enough.

MR STANHOPE: could possibly argue with or gainsay that very basic principle.

Mr Doszpot interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, you are now warned.

MR STANHOPE: The government does take the opportunity—

MR SPEAKER: Order! One moment, Chief Minister. Stop the clocks, thank you. Mr Doszpot, I have asked you a number of times, both before lunch and now, not to interject. You are now warned for repeated interjecting.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Dissent from ruling

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I could barely hear what Mr—

MR SPEAKER: Is there a point of order, Mrs Dunne? Is there a point of order?

Mrs Dunne: I want to challenge your ruling, Mr Speaker. Did you make a ruling there?

MR SPEAKER: Yes. I asked Mr Doszpot to stop interjecting.


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