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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 30 June 2010) . . Page.. 2893 ..


Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, Mrs Dunne in her question said, “You failed to acknowledge that you misled the Assembly.” That sort of language requires a substantive motion and we do not see one. We do not have one before the Assembly. I would ask Mrs Dunne, through you, Mr Speaker, to withdraw that comment.

Mr Seselja: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, the minister made a statement in the Assembly yesterday which acknowledged that she gave incorrect information to the Assembly previously. So it is reasonable for Mrs Dunne to ask the question. She has not even had the opportunity to ask the question. It is a statement of fact based on Ms Burch’s own statements yesterday when she gave incorrect information in this place.

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, there is a really big difference, in the context of the procedures and processes of this house, in a member giving incorrect information and coming in and correcting the record and misleading the house. The term “misleading” is, if you check it out, not parliamentary, unless it is accompanied by a substantive motion. The member should withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. On the point of order, I think there is an understanding of the difference between incorrect information and misleading. Mrs Dunne, you might reframe your question.

Mr Hargreaves: I am sorry, Mr Speaker, on the point of order, Mrs Dunne has to withdraw that comment. That was the request that I made, through you, to Mrs Dunne.

MR SPEAKER: You are correct, Mr Hargreaves; I forgot that part. Mrs Dunne, would you like to withdraw that and reframe your question?

MRS DUNNE: At your direction, Mr Speaker, I will withdraw.

Mr Hargreaves: No, no, no.

MRS DUNNE: I said I will withdraw. What else do you want me to do?

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

Mr Hargreaves: The qualification is not acceptable.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hargreaves! Thank you. Mrs Dunne has withdrawn. Mrs Dunne has the floor to ask a question.

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the minister for community services. Minister, last night you made a statement seeking to clarify the situation in relation to childcare places at Flynn primary school. However, that statement failed to acknowledge that what you said in May turned out to be not entirely factual when you said, and I quote from Hansard:


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