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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 3279..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

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... a general concern about a number of aspects of the legislation.

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Given the intonations of outrage and concern from Mr Stanhope and Mr Quinlan from the table back in May of this year about how desperately important it was to get this review of the Financial Management Act under way ...

You were gravely concerned about what the Act was all about. Let me advise the Assembly that in debate on 6 May there were two speakers. One was Ms Tucker and one was Mrs Carnell. My involvement in the debate was limited to moving an amendment without a supporting statement. I would rather expect that Mr Humphries would recant and withdraw those florid statements made last Thursday. They were entirely incorrect. I would not have brought this topic up had it been an isolated incident, but it seems to be that we ought to bring into - - -

Ms Carnell: I take a point of order. This is no longer a personal explanation.

MR QUINLAN: I was personally explaining why I brought up a personal explanation. I really think that we should incorporate into the language "You have been Gary-ed" or something which means "thoroughly misrepresented and then beaten up". Feel free to use the term, members.

MR SPEAKER: You have more than finished your personal explanation.

STANDING ORDER 54 - OFFENSIVE WORDS

Statement by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: Last Wednesday, 13 October 1999, during debate on the Children's Services (Amendment) Bill (No. 2) 1999, I made a number of rulings in relation to standing order 54 following the raising of a point of order by the Attorney-General. Standing order 54 states that a member may not use offensive words against the Assembly or any member thereof or against any member of the judiciary.

House of Representatives Practice

, Third Edition, states at page 479 that the practice of the House of Representatives is that reflections upon the conduct of a member of the judiciary cannot be made, unless discussion was based upon a substantive motion. However, House of Representatives Practice also states at page 430 that judges, by convention, are expected to refrain from politically partisan activities and to be careful


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