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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 15 Hansard (Thursday, 16 December 1993) . . Page.. 4679 ..


Thursday, 16 December 1993

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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 - - -

Members interjected.

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Mr Humphries: Madam Speaker, speaking to my point of order, I would ask that the phrase "cheap opposition" be withdrawn by Mr Berry.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.


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