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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 10 Hansard (13 August) . . Page.. 2824..


between complete control of all documents and the responsiveness of legislation to new developments in qualifications and technical standards.

The recent Statute Law Amendment Bill 2013 amends references to Australian standards to align them with the latest drafting practice. This affects a small number of provisions in this bill, so it is necessary to make minor, technical amendments to provisions in the Water and Sewerage Act and the regulation to reflect the new manner of referencing the Australian-New Zealand standard 3000, plumbing and drainage. These amendments do not alter the intent of the affected provisions. I commend the amendments to the Assembly.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Estimates 2013-2014—Select Committee

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: I would like to draw the attention of members, and especially Dr Bourke, to the transcript of the estimates committee, page 1264, of 28 June, where Dr Bourke said in relation to evidence given by the Speaker:

Given that you have already misled us about the matter of a disagreement—

And Dr Bourke was then cut off. I ask Dr Bourke to withdraw the assertion that the Speaker misled the estimates committee. Dr Bourke.

Mr Corbell: On the point of order, Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: It is not a point of order; it is—

Mr Corbell: Can I seek your guidance, Madam Speaker? It is perhaps one of procedure. I note the comment was made in relation to evidence that you gave. Is it a matter for you, given that you were a witness before the committee at that time, to make a ruling on what people say about your appearance, or is it more properly a matter for the chair of the committee to determine that? And can such a ruling be made retrospectively well after the event?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, the matter is on the public record; it is the record of the Assembly. It is disorderly to accuse someone of misleading any part of the Assembly, except by substantive motion. It has been drawn to my attention that this is what Dr Bourke said, and I am asking him to withdraw.

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra): I would like the opportunity to see the transcript myself, Madam Speaker.


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