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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1291..


Mr Smyth: Mr Corbell sought leave to rule that my talking about other matters of leave was irrelevant to this case. I would ask you to apply the same standard to him that he asked be applied to me—if we want to have sincerity in this place.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I think the question of Mr Smyth's sincerity or not, Mr Corbell, is not relevant to the suspension of standing orders. Will you remain relevant, please?

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. The government's position on this is that we think the issue around the application of leave needs to be approached consistently by all parties. The government is not going to press the matter now that we have the clear inconsistency on the part of the Liberal Party and Mr Smyth on the record.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker—

MR CORBELL: The government will not be calling a vote on this matter.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Resume your seat.

Mr Smyth: It is the same point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The minister cannot ignore your direction. He is speaking about matters outside, as I did, and he sought that I be stopped. We are not allowed to use the word "hypocrisy", so I will not. He should listen to you and take your direction. He has flouted that and you should bring him to order.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, I think Mr Corbell has completed his--

Mr Hanson: Sanctimonious lecture.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, would you like to withdraw that?

Mr Hanson: Madam Deputy Speaker, I was simply assisting you. You seemed to be lost for words.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I do not need your assistance, Mr Hanson. Please withdraw that statement.

Mr Hanson: I would just ask your advice whether "sanctimonious lecture"is unparliamentary, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am just asking why I am withdrawing it.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Because it is a reflection on Mr Corbell's character.

Mr Hanson: Madam Deputy Speaker, I am not indicating that I will not adhere to your ruling, but I just want to ask you for some advice before I do. In debate we often talk about whether or not we agree with someone's points. I would have thought that describing what someone has said as a sanctimonious lecture would not constitute


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