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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 2851..


Mr Humphries: On the point of order, Mr Speaker: I want to support Mr Kaine's contention. Standing order 46 says that a member may explain matters of a personal nature. If a member wishes to re-enter the debate in the course of making a standing order 46 explanation, I think there is an abuse of that standing order going on. Members should seek to change the standing order if they simply want to reopen the debate rather than explain the way in which they personally have been attacked or misrepresented.

MS FOLLETT: Misrepresented. Well, standing order 47 then.

Mr Humphries: She has not been misrepresented. Nothing Ms Follett has said has been attacked. It is what Mrs Carnell has said that is being attacked.

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, I am happy to make it under standing order 47 if that is more appropriate.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, I thought that may in fact be the explanation.

MS FOLLETT: The fact of the matter is, Mr Speaker, that in my speech on this matter, I said - - -

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Please resume your seat, Ms Follett.

Mr Humphries: With great respect, standing order 47 is also not available to Ms Follett. It refers to a member being able to rise to explain "where some material part of that member's speech" - the speech of the person rising - "has been misquoted or misunderstood".

Ms Follett: Well, it has - "or misunderstood".

Mr Humphries: No, it is not the Chief Minister's speech that has been misunderstood. It is Ms Follett who has to have some element of her speech misunderstood.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I will examine the Hansard.

Ms Follett: Mr Speaker, if I may speak, again, just briefly. For the members opposite - - -

MR SPEAKER: On what point?

Ms Follett: On the point of order.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I have ruled that I will examine the Hansard.


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