Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 15 Hansard (Thursday, 16 December 1993) . . Page.. 4679 ..
Thursday, 16 December 1993
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms McRae) took the chair at 10.30 am and read the prayer.
ELECTORAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1993
MS FOLLETT (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (10.31): Madam Speaker, I present the Electoral (Amendment) Bill 1993.
Title read by Clerk.
MS FOLLETT: I move:
That this Bill be agreed to in principle.
Madam Speaker, this Bill gives effect to the choice made by the people of the ACT to have the Hare-Clark electoral system - - -
Mr Berry: I take a point of order, Madam Speaker. Of course the Opposition will be agitated because there are elements of this legislation which are - - -
Mr Humphries: I take a point of order, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: You do not interrupt a point of order. Mr Berry has raised a point of order.
Mr Humphries: Madam Speaker, he is not taking a point of order. He is wasting the time of the Assembly by making cheap shots at the Opposition.
MADAM SPEAKER: Order!
Mr Berry: It is a cheap old opposition, so why not a cheap shot?
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Berry, you will come to your point of order.
Mr Humphries: Madam Speaker, I take a point of order.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Humphries, desist. I am listening to Mr Berry.
Mr Berry: Thank you, Madam Speaker. It would be nice to be able to hear the Chief Minister introduce this very important legislation. Would you ask them to be quiet for a moment?
MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Berry.
Mr Humphries: Madam Speaker, speaking to my point of order, I would ask that the phrase "cheap opposition" be withdrawn by Mr Berry.
MADAM SPEAKER: That is not unparliamentary. Continue, Chief Minister.