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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 4 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 1135..

asked validly not to be now answered. You are withdrawing that authority for Mr Smyth, despite the fact that no-one else stood up and he took the opportunity afforded to him in our standing orders.

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Seselja.

Mr Corbell: On the point of order.


Mr Hanson: Are you going to mislead us about the standing orders again?


Mr Corbell: I ask him to withdraw that, Madam Acting Speaker.

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Withdraw that statement, Mr Hanson, please. Withdraw.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw.

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Thank you. Mr Corbell.

Mr Corbell: Madam Acting Speaker, there are two issues that are relevant to your consideration of Mr Seselja's point of order. The first is that the convention in this place is very clear and longstanding. Each member asks a question and a supplementary and then, once each member has done so, there is technically the opportunity for further questions, although equally there is the opportunity for the Chief Minister to ask that further questions be taken on notice. So the convention is very clear. In any event, Madam Acting Speaker, you have complete discretion in these matters and you have quite—

Mr Smyth interjecting—

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Stop interrupting, Mr Smyth.

Mr Corbell: There is nothing to say that the Speaker, if she misunderstands the point of the member rising, cannot give the call to somebody else.

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Corbell. That is exactly what I am doing. Mr Gentleman.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Madam Acting Speaker, there are two points of order here. If I may start by saying that normally when I rise to my feet I say "point of order"if I am raising a point of order. On this occasion I did not, and I received the call in the absence of movement from anyone else in the chamber. I would like to know under what standing order you can withdraw the permission to ask a question. The second point of order is that Mr Corbell stood and told the chamber that members can

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