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MR ACTING SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you have been around here long enough to know—
Mr Hanson: On the point of order, I asked if she has been lying or not—it’s a simple question—or whether she is not across the reality on the ground. That is what the union has said: that the reality on the ground is not what she has been saying.
MR ACTING SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, the language you have used in the question is unparliamentary. I will give you the opportunity to rephrase it.
MR HANSON: I will rephrase it. Minister, have you not been telling parents, us and the community the truth?
Mr Gentleman: Mr Acting Speaker, if I could assist your decision-making, I will draw your attention to standing order 117(d), which says that “questions shall not be asked which reflect on or are critical of the character or conduct” of persons in this place.
Mr Hanson: Mr Acting Speaker, asking whether someone is telling the truth or not is not an uncommon thing, I would have thought. If the minister is telling the truth or if she thinks she is in touch with reality, she can answer the question. But we have this dichotomy between what she is saying and what parents, the unions and others are saying. We are seeking an explanation. It is a reasonable question: is she telling the truth? If she is, she can tell us that she is and that she is in touch with reality. It is a reasonable question.
MR ACTING SPEAKER: All right. Members, my interpretation of this is that Mr Hanson has not called anybody a liar. He has asked a question about the assessment of information, the interpretation of information and then the communication of that information. On that basis, I will allow the question to stand. For the benefit of the minister and everybody else, I wonder if it would be helpful for you to repeat the question. It was a long time ago. Perhaps rephrase it in the way that you did the second time around.
MR HANSON: Thank you, Mr Acting Speaker. Minister, with regard to fire extinguishers, communication with parents and the extent of violence in our schools, are you not across the reality of what is happening in schools, or have you not been telling the truth to parents, to us and to the community?
MS BERRY: I have been telling the truth.
Sport and recreation—grants
MS ORR: My question is to the minister for sport. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the 2022 sport and recreation grants?
MS BERRY: I thank Ms Orr for the question. I am happy and pleased to be able to update the Assembly today on the important investment in sport and recreation in the