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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 3 Hansard (17 March) . .

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both Houses of the Parliament and the houses of the state and territory parliaments

senators, members of the House of Representatives and members of state and territory parliaments

judicial officers.

Further, on page 259 Odgers goes on to say:

The rule against offensive words, imputations of improper motives and personal reflections directed to members of either House of the Commonwealth Parliament or to members of state and territory parliaments ... is designed to ensure comity and mutual respect between houses of parliaments and between the Commonwealth and state and territory parliaments, and to ensure that debate between those who are by virtue of their offices the principal participants in political debate is conducted in the privileged forum of Parliament without personally offensive language.

Could I remind members in this place that this is the form and practice of parliaments. I do not think I could go so far as to rule Mr Barr's language as unparliamentary and cause him to withdraw it, but could I remind members that in accordance with the statement that I made in May 2014 I will uphold the practice in this place that we refer to members of other parliaments by their title or their surnames—for example, the Prime Minister, the member for Warringah or Mr Abbott, and not "toxic Tony".

Papers

Madam Speaker presented the following papers:

Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General's Report No 1/2015—Debt Management, dated 25 February 2015.

Standing order 191—Amendments to:

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2014, dated 24 and 25 February 2015.

Electoral Amendment Bill 2014 (No 2), dated 24 and 25 February 2015.

Judicial Commissions Amendment Bill 2014, dated 24 and 25 February 2015.

Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation Amendment Bill 2014, dated 24 and 25 February 2015.

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (ACT) Bill 2014, dated 24 and 25 February 2015.

Mr Barr presented the following papers:

Public Sector Management Act, pursuant to sections 31A and 79—Copies of executive contracts or instruments—

Long-term contracts:

Anthony Graham, dated 25 February 2015.


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