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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 638..


Mr Stefaniak: I take a point of order. I think he had better withdraw "thick". That is unparliamentary and somewhat insulting.

MR QUINLAN: I withdraw. Dense.

MR SPEAKER: What is unparliamentary and what has to be tested against the usual rule of what is couth is not something that I can make a judgment on. If people choose language which other people might not like, sometimes it is something I cannot do much about; nor should I interfere with the choice of language of all members. I would ask members to be careful about the language they use, lest they should cause offence and cross the line insofar as parliamentary behaviour is concerned.

MR QUINLAN: I replace the word "dense"with "obtuse". Mr Pratt, let me repeat so that it gets through, the middle year of the Carnell government. Got it?

Mr Pratt: You keep rewriting history, Treasurer.

MR QUINLAN: Read the financial statements. I make a commitment, Mr Speaker, to send to Mr Pratt's office a copy of the financial statements in question.

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MR SPEAKER: I call Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Pratt: Keep on rewriting history, Ted.

MR HARGREAVES: You had better go and have a Bex, Mr Pratt, and lie down for a while.

Mr Pratt: I am fine, thanks.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hargreaves, just ask the question.

MR HARGREAVES: I will. My question is to the Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming-I might say the only sport minister ever from this place to get a gold medal at the Masters Games.

Mr Stefaniak: I got one, too, John.

MR HARGREAVES: Yes, but you bought yours; Ted earned his.

Mr Stefaniak: No, 1997, and I have the injury to prove it, Sunshine.

MR HARGREAVES: You got it out of a Weeties packet.

Mr Stefaniak: No, over-35 social rugby, mate-32-nil in the grand final.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! This is getting a little bit chaotic. Mr Hargreaves, address your question through the chair.


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