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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 3230..


Mr Smyth: I raise a point of order, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker. I did not say "scuttle". Scuttle applies to boats. I actually did say scurry away.

Mr Corbell: On the point of order, Mr Smyth has persistently interjected ever since Ms MacDonald rose to her feet. For him to then raise a point of order, which is not a point of order, is an abuse of the standing orders. You should call him to order and warn him that it is an abuse of the standing orders and will not be tolerated.

Mr Smyth: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker-

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Gentleman): Order, Mr Smyth!

Mr Smyth: On the point of order-

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, Mr Smyth! Resume your seat for a moment.

Mr Smyth: On the point of order-

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, I have asked you to take your seat. I will respond to Mr Corbell. I have called Mr Smyth to order twice. If I have to do so again, I will warn him.

Mr Smyth: On the point of order, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, I wonder if Mr Corbell will point out under what standing order he raised that point of order?

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: You do not have a point of order, Mr Smyth.

Mr Smyth: Well, I do, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker. A point of order has to be raised under a standing order.

Mr Corbell: Warn him, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker.

Mr Smyth: A point of order is against a violation of the standing orders. You should know that.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, if you stand up again without a point of order, I will ask you to leave the chamber. Ms MacDonald has the floor.

MS MacDONALD: Thank you, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker. Whether it was "scuttle or scurry", I do not do either.

The purpose of the motion was to talk about the areas where the ACT government is investing in the important area of tertiary health education. I do not think there is a problem with highlighting the areas where this government has put in money and also where the previous government put in money to address some of the shortfalls. For Mr Smyth to take it as a personal swipe and decide that we should just talk about all of


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