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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 10 Hansard (18 September) . . Page.. 3681 ..


Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, after a series of interjections, Mr Rattenbury called across the chamber and said to me that I am a joke. I ask that he withdraw.

MADAM SPEAKER: I did not hear it but I would just—

Mr Hanson: I did.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, while I did not hear it, I have no doubt that there were words that were not flattering to anybody on both sides being put. So I ask all members—

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: Please, let me finish—

Mr Hanson: just on your ruling, that is not the case, Madam Speaker. Mr Rattenbury was interjecting. I said, "Stop interjecting." He said, "You are a joke." That is the way it went. I would ask him to withdraw.

MADAM SPEAKER: I probably did not hear it over Mr Coe's interjections, Mr Hanson. I just remind everybody—I think I have said it every other week—to show some respect and regard to our fellow members in this place.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on your ruling, I am saying that Mr Rattenbury has made an unparliamentary comment across the chamber. I am asking that he withdraw. If he says that he did not say it, we can check Hansard, but it is the normal process that you would invite the member to withdraw.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson and Mr Rattenbury, I am going to offer, if you believe—I have not heard it; so I will have to go to Hansard, or you may offer—

Mr Rattenbury: I am happy to withdraw, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Rattenbury.

Drugs—pill testing

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing and relates to pill testing. Noting the tragic deaths of two festival goers over the weekend at Defqon.1 in Sydney and the hospitalisation of several others with suspected drug overdoses, and noting the recent success of the nation's first pill testing trial in the ACT, how is the minister engaging with colleagues in other jurisdictions to share the lessons from the ACT experience, and is the ACT advocating for a broader rollout of pill testing through the COAG Health Council?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the question. I first note the tragic death of two people over the weekend and the hospitalisation of others, and send my condolences to their families.


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