Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 6 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1875..
Mr Hanson: I would like you to rule on a point of order as to whether the allegation, calling someone a bully, is unparliamentary.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I have not seen any ruling on that word itself, Mr Hanson. In regard to the standing orders—
Mr Hanson: I am asking you to rule.
Mr Coe: On the ruling, I do believe that the aspersions that the Chief Minister is casting are in effect tarnishing Mr Hanson's character and therefore should be ruled unparliamentary.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Ms Gallagher, it has been ruled before or has been asked to be withdrawn. I ask you to withdraw that.
MS GALLAGHER: "Bullying"has been as a term?
MR ASSISTANT DEPUTY SPEAKER: Yes.
MS GALLAGHER: So "bullying"is not a word that is allowed to be used in this chamber?
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Not when you refer to another member as a bully—
Mr Hanson: When you're calling someone a bully, as you were—as you know you were.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson! Would you mind.
MS GALLAGHER: On your ruling, Mr Assistant Speaker, I withdraw.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you. You still have a few minutes left.
MS GALLAGHER: I have finished.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you. Ms Porter.
MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (4.22): In the few minutes that are left, Mr Assistant Speaker, I would like to thank Dr Bourke for bringing this matter before the Assembly today. As a former registered nurse and midwife, I would like to add my congratulations and best wishes to all nurses and midwives. It was through my personal experience of nursing as a child that I decided to join their ranks. Ms Burch, I know, is also a former registered nurse and I am sure that she would join others in this place if she had the time available today.
I would like to thank, in particular, nurses and midwives who dedicate themselves to educating others who wish to join these fine professions. It is the nurses and the