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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 February 2010) . . Page.. 618 ..

MR HANSON: That is a debating point.

Mr Stanhope: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Stop the clock.

Mr Stanhope: On the point of order then, on the claim that it was untrue, what I said, clearly he has just admitted that it was not untrue. He has only got two prescribed drugs. He believes that only two—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, you cannot argue the point during a point of order.

Mr Stanhope: I just draw your attention to the fact that what Mr—

MR SPEAKER: You are debating the substance, Mr Stanhope.

Mr Stanhope: What he just said is untrue, Mr Speaker, and I just think the record should show that what he is saying is untrue.

MR SPEAKER: What standing order is that, Mr Stanhope? Mr Stanhope, we have had this a couple of times in the last couple of days. You cannot use points of order to debate the substance. You need a point of order about procedure. There is no standing order that enables you to stand up and dispute the facts.

Mr Stanhope: I was just testing whether there was.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, I am sure you know well enough that it is not open to members to frivolously use points of order to interrupt debate and the Speaker will be forced to act if that sort of behaviour continues.

MR HANSON: If Mr Stanhope were to refer further to the legislation, he would see that I prescribe the drugs for which this applies, and that is methamphetamines and cannabis. Certainly, if other drugs were to be included in the testing regime, it is simply an amendment to include those drugs as part of the legislation.

This is a Chief Minister who has previously described—

Mr Stanhope: There are only two.

MR HANSON: There is certainly scope to prescribe more but the reason that I have limited it to two drugs is that they are well-known drugs; they are well-known drugs that are prevalent in our society; and they are well-known drugs which we know cause impairment to users of our—

Mr Stanhope: So you are happy for people to drive—

Mr Coe: Do you like dangerous roads too?

Mr Stanhope: Do you think people should be able to drive after taking ice, Alistair?

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