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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 4 May 1995) . . Page.. 213 ..


MR SPEAKER: I have been listening to him carefully. Mr Humphries is making a response to an allegation made by you after Mr Humphries had made a contribution to the debate. He is explaining a situation where he believes that he may have been not so much misquoted as misunderstood. That is what Mr Humphries is doing. I cannot uphold the point of order on that basis.

Mr Berry: He was not misunderstood.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Humphries, please be aware of the restrictions of standing order 47.

MR HUMPHRIES: Indeed, Mr Speaker, and I expressly used this standing order because that is exactly what it is for - to comment on something that has been misunderstood. The other thing that Mr Berry misunderstood about my remarks was my reference to Ms McRae's efforts to bring people to the house. I did not say that Ms McRae had not tried to bring people to the house; what I did criticise was her failure to advertise in the newspaper - the idea that she suggested in the course of - - -

Mr Berry: There you go. Mr Speaker, that is debate.

MR HUMPHRIES: If Mr Berry prefers, I will make my statement under standing order 46, Mr Speaker.

Mr Berry: I insist on the point of order. Mr Humphries is a great one at attempting to interrupt debate under standing order 47. If he were fair dinkum about his concern about being misquoted or misunderstood, he would do it after the debate has concluded. What he is attempting to do is to steer the debate with a misuse of this particular standing order.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I am happy to use standing order 46 or 47.

Mr Berry: Why do you not do it after the debate is concluded?

MR HUMPHRIES: Because it is traditional to do it when the person has made the misrepresentation, not - - -

Mr Berry: For you, it is.

MR HUMPHRIES: I do not know what Mr Berry has been eating today, but he is certainly in a very funny mood, Mr Speaker.

Mr Berry: No, he is not. He is not in a funny mood. He is in a serious mood.

MR HUMPHRIES: I am only wishing to use the standing orders to correct a misapprehension about what I said in the course of the debate.

MR SPEAKER: As I understand it, you are making an explanation as to where you have been misunderstood.


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