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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 4 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 1133..


Mr Corbell: Standing orders require that each member be entitled to ask a question and a supplementary before further questions may be invited. That is my understanding of the standing orders, Madam Acting Speaker.

Mr Smyth: That is not true and you cannot mislead.

Mr Corbell: In any event—

Mr Smyth: It is not true and you cannot mislead.

Mr Corbell: I ask Mr Smyth to withdraw. If he wants to make that allegation about me misleading, he needs to move a substantive motion.

Mr Smyth: Under what standing order?

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Before you proceed, Mr Corbell; Mr Smyth, withdraw that.

Mr Smyth: Just to the direction to withdraw, the minister just said that you cannot ask a second question until all members have asked their first question. The standing orders do not say that—

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: I ask you to withdraw the comment that—

Mr Smyth: I am happy to withdraw if he withdraws the misleading statement that he just made to the Assembly.

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Just withdraw the comment.

Mr Smyth: I am happy to withdraw. Would you now ask him to withdraw the misleading statement that he made to the Assembly—

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Just withdraw.

Mr Smyth: and withdraw it.

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, I can seek advice on the standing orders, but I just ask you to withdraw the comment.

Mr Smyth: And I have withdrawn it and I am now taking a point of order—

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Thank you. Sit down.

Mr Smyth: saying: would you ask him to withdraw—

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: No, sit down!

Mr Smyth: the misleading statement?


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