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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3432 ..


Mr Hanson: I am seeking your guidance, Madam Speaker. There is a level of interjection that does occasionally require ministers to raise their voices. If we are going to take our lead from the House of Representatives, why are you not consistent in allowing the opposition a level of interjection consistent with that in the House of Representatives whereas you impose the practice of the House of Representatives in determining what is a point of order in the favour of ministers.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson. Twenty-five members is somewhat different from 150 members, or thereabouts. I do let a level of interjection play. I do. I do pull you up—

Mr Hanson: Yes, but it is not consistent with the House of Representatives, Madam Speaker. That is my point.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, please do not test me.

Ms Stephen-Smith: On the point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: It was not a point of order, apparently; it was guidance.

Ms Stephen-Smith: Sorry, on the conversation, I was also watching question time in the House of Representatives before I came down to the chamber. The Speaker in the House of Representatives actually threatened to expel the member for Wakefield for having conversations while a member on the other side was trying to ask a question.

MADAM SPEAKER: Is there a supplementary question? Mr Parton.

MR PARTON: Minister, will clubs be forced to sever their ties with local schools?

MR RAMSAY: No.

Municipal services—Giralang nature play park

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, can you update the Assembly on the recently completed Giralang Community Nature Play Park?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Orr very much for the question. I know how passionate she is and how involved she has been in this great project. The government is also dedicated to investing in our suburban areas and creating community hubs of activity and safe public places where families and friends can meet and enjoy time together. Recently nature play spaces have been created in suburban areas, including in Finn Street in O'Connor, Telopea Park in Barton and the Tuggeranong Town Park in Greenway.

In last year's budget the ACT government provided a $100,000 initiative to construct a new play area in Giralang adjacent to the area of the local shops. The government, with much assistance from Ms Orr, undertook extensive community consultation with


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