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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3554 ..


from peacocks nesting in Narrabundah that a peacock's eye is an eye to the main chance, and not a chirp off the old block.

MS CHEYNE: Minister, noting the government's policy of inclusiveness, were the peahens of Narrabundah consulted as well as the peacocks?

MS FITZHARRIS: Indeed. The government taking its policy of inclusiveness seriously, we would never, of course, consult only one part of the peacock ostentation of Narrabundah. Unfortunately, we did not receive many tweets, but I will draw members' attention to the resounding chorus of support. I quote—

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order—

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat.

Mr Hanson: It is a serious matter, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please.

Mr Hanson: On the rules for questions, under standing order 117(b)(vi), I note that questions should not contain ironical expressions. I would ask you to rule on whether the questions that have been asked by the backbench and the lead-in to the questions are ironical or not.

MADAM SPEAKER: That is a borderline call, Mr Hanson. It being the last question of three sitting weeks, I am going to let this one fly, as they say.

MS FITZHARRIS: As I said, we did not receive many tweets, but I will draw members' attention to the resounding chorus of support from the peafowl of Narrabundah. I will quote.

Ms Fitzharris then played a recording of birdsong.

Mr Coe: Use of a prop.

MADAM SPEAKER: Please, minister. I have made that ruling before when other members have brought props in: please put the prop away.

MS FITZHARRIS: Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: I think we have stopped the clock on you, minister.

(Time expired.)

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Personal explanation

MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (3.28): Under standing order 46, I believe I have been misrepresented.


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