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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 11 Hansard (23 October) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: Withdraw that, please, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, I note that in answering a question, Mr Barr—

MADAM SPEAKER: No, I do not want that. I am asking you to withdraw.

Mr Hanson: I do withdraw—


Mr Hanson: but—


Mr Hanson: In doing so, on a point of order, I ask that you perhaps review the Hansard. When Mr Barr called the opposition economic ignoramuses, which prompted my response, there was no call from anyone to withdraw that.

MADAM SPEAKER: I did contemplate it at the time. I will not review the Hansard, because I did contemplate it at the time and I thought that the qualification of "economic ignoramus" was not the sort of thing that I would call to order. To call someone an ignoramus generally, simpliciter, seems to me to be more offensive than the comment. But I am guided by the Assembly. I actually thought the term "economic ignoramus" was near the knuckle, was in the cut and thrust of debate. But to call someone an ignoramus without qualification like that is of a different order. That is why I have asked you to withdraw.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, certainly I do not limit my view of Mr Barr to being only an economic ignoramus, so—

MADAM SPEAKER: I asked you to withdraw, and you have withdrawn.

Mr Hanson: I do withdraw, but he is certainly not only an economic ignoramus.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson; don't push your luck.

MR BARR: I think he might have, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am in the hands of the Assembly. If the Assembly thinks that "economic ignoramus" needs withdrawing, I am happy for them to withdraw.

Arts—policy framework

MR SMYTH: My question is to the acting arts minister because we never get an answer from the real arts minister. Minister, will you please outline for the Assembly the strategy to deliver the arts policy framework which your government is so proud of?

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