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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 894..


Mrs Burke: On the point of order-

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mrs Burke, there is no point of order being debated. Mr Corbell sought leave to make a statement. I call Mr Pratt.

Mrs Burke: Can I seek leave to make a similar statement?

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Pratt has the call.

MR PRATT (Brindabella) Under standing order 47, I seek to make a statement to explain words used.

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Proceed, if you are claiming to have been misrepresented in the debate.

MR PRATT: Dr Foskey stated in the debate that I had put out a press release targeting the residents of the Red Hill public housing complex and blaming them for the crime at Red Hill shops. She used words to the effect that I was targeting those people. That is not correct. The press statement that I put out, as reflected again in my speech today, stated that members living and residing in that housing complex were also victims of a minority group behaving badly in that public housing complex, causing grief to fellow residents, residents of the area in general and the shopkeepers.

MRS BURKE (Molonglo) Under standing order 47, I rise to explain words used. Perhaps I need to check Hansard as to who said what to whom, but I think I referred in a broad interjectory comment to its being somebody else's fault. The issue is that Mr Corbell had said that I had said that he had said to people that I was blaming him. I did not.

Mr Corbell: I take a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. Mrs Burke is debating the question. She is allowed to make a personal explanation or to explain words, but she is debating the issue. If she cannot recall what she said or did not say, perhaps she should check the Hansard before seeking to make a statement. She is debating the question and she is flouting the standing order.

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Standing order 47 does require you to be to the point, Mrs Burke. Would you like to make a point?

MRS BURKE: With respect, Mr Corbell certainly had not got the point right. As I said, I will check the Hansard and I ask Mr Corbell to do the same.

Mr Corbell: That is an abuse of the standing order. Mrs Burke has not in any way sought to explain words or to make a personal explanation. She simply used the standing order to make a cheap point. I think that is quite disorderly and you should make that point to her. I know that she said she was going to check the Hansard, but she should not be using the standing orders to make a quick point after someone else has properly used the standing orders to explain words or to explain a statement. Mr Pratt got it right. It is a pity Mrs Burke could not do the same.


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