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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 29 November 2022) . . Page.. 3949 ..

Mr Hanson: I just want them to be honest, Madam Speaker. It is about the mislead; it is not about the police numbers.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members. Mr Hanson, you were warned as it is. So I would suggest you be very quiet. Mr Barr.

MR BARR: Now it is up to the opposition to determine which matters they put forward for private members business. There are hours each sitting day devoted to—

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order. Mr Barr is trying to argue these substantive issues and say that it should be of advantage. This is a matter of a mislead.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I gave you a level of leniency. I am providing that to Mr Barr but we are debating suspension of standing orders.

MR BARR: The point I am making is that there is time allocated for opposition private members business on each sitting day. It is up to the opposition to determine which matters they bring forward but this idea that you can add another bit of private members business through dropping a motion in the middle of question time and seeking leave to do so, it is not a principle the government can accept. We do note, Madam Speaker, this motion has now been brought forward. We will not grant leave for it to be brought on forthwith but we have agreed it can be brought on at the conclusion of the three matters of private members business today.

I want to put the opposition on notice this is not a practice we would support as a regular occurrence as a way to add another matter, another item of private members business. On that basis, Madam Speaker, we will not support the suspension of standing orders at this time but we will grant leave in several hours time for this matter to be dealt with—quickly, one would hope—at the conclusion of private members business today.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, the question before us is to suspend standing orders.

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (2.59): Madam Speaker, I wanted to stand and say that it has been characterised that this is some idea that Mr Hanson came up with. Indeed, Mr Hanson is following your direction because when you asked him to withdraw, you gave him the option—

Mr Gentleman: Point of order, Madam Speaker, I cannot see how this debate is on the suspension of standing orders, it is now referring to—

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, can you resume your seats? Just for clarity members, we are seeking to suspend standing orders or not. I am very conscious of my comments through question time where I did put to Mr Hanson to withdraw because the only way to do a motion on misleading is through a substantive motion. So Mr Parton on the suspension of standing orders please. Only!

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