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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 May 1995) . . Page.. 565 ..


Mr Berry: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: That is not the issue at large. The issue at large is that Mr Humphries has impugned Mr Whitecross's character, and he has to withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: Under what standing order?

Mr Moore: Under standing order 55.

MR SPEAKER: Standing order 55 says:

All imputations of improper motives and all personal reflections on Members shall be considered highly disorderly.

Mr Connolly: Is “dishonourable conduct” acceptable as a term - - -

MR SPEAKER: There is nothing dishonourable here. We are talking about personal reflections, under standing order 55.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, if those opposite wish to shield themselves with the standing orders, I will withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Please continue, Mr Humphries.

Ms McRae: On a point of order: Since when were standing orders a shield? They are the proper and appropriate way that this Assembly runs. Mr Speaker, I think you should take him to task.

MR SPEAKER: Ms McRae, would you kindly sit down. He has withdrawn under standing order 55, which deals with personal reflections. Please continue, Mr Humphries.

Residential Leases - Operation of Businesses

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, Mr Moore asked a question about representations from Restoring Our Residential Environment, regarding trash pack businesses operating from residential leases. Trash pack businesses usually meet the home occupation criteria specified in the Territory Plan, as they operate primarily as a contact point for distribution of waste packs and as full packs are not stored on the premises. There are relevant controls for home occupations, namely, that the business does not result in the storage on the block of materials obtained for or generated by the business other than within the confines of approved structures, that the business does not generate pollution or create a health hazard, and that no commercial vehicles are used as part of the business. Those are the criteria. I think it is true to say that the matters raised by RORE represented a departure from those home occupations criteria and did, therefore, give rise to some concern.


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