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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 August 2010) . . Page.. 3940 ..

Canberra first decided that the Liberal Party was not fit to govern, a judgement that they have exercised on three subsequent occasions and will exercise again in two years time.

Mr Hanson: Were you lying back then or are you lying now?

MR STANHOPE: It is interesting to reflect on what has now become a permanent opposition in this place and on some of the reasons that they have—

Mr Hanson: When were you lying? Back then or now?

MR STANHOPE: Point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Hanson just referred to me as a liar. I think he does this—

Mr Seselja: I do not think he actually called you a liar.

MR STANHOPE: Yes, he did.

MR SPEAKER: Sorry, Mr Stanhope; I was not listening.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Hanson just referred to me as a liar. I ask that he withdraw that. We know that he is a man of absolutely no integrity, standing or substance, but it would be good.

Mr Seselja: Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: On the point of order, Mr Seselja?

Mr Seselja: Yes, Mr Speaker. Firstly, Mr Hanson did not call Mr Stanhope a liar. He is sensitive on this point. But secondly, in making the point of order, Mr Stanhope cannot go around saying that Mr Hanson has no integrity. That is unparliamentary, and I would ask you to get him to withdraw.

MR STANHOPE: No, it is not. On the point of order: Mr Hanson just accused me of lying. Let us not get silly about it. Just show some integrity. Show some integrity and withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Stanhope. One moment. Mr Hanson?

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, I am happy to withdraw it, and I would ask that Mr Stanhope withdraw the comment that—

MR SPEAKER: You are withdrawing?

Mr Hanson: I am.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Mr Stanhope, I ask that you withdraw the comments you made about Mr Hanson in your point of order.

MR STANHOPE: I must say that I am not clear on what was unparliamentary.

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