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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 9 December 2010) . . Page.. 6117 ..

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, let us not go down this path. Let us just stick to the matter—

Mr Hanson: He is raising a point of order.

Mr Smyth: Well, I do not see where it says “leave”.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, just—

Mr Smyth: Mr Speaker, yesterday, as Mr Hanson has already raised, his words were being queried. The answer from Madam Assistant Speaker was:

Mr Hanson, I think it would help the proceedings if you would withdraw those remarks. I am not clear exactly what you said, so I will review the Hansard afterwards.

It is quite clear from House of Representatives Practice, page 500, that the chair may ask exactly what words are being questioned. Is it now the practice of the house that members will be asked to withdraw remarks unspecified and that the record will then be checked or will the record be checked and then members be asked to withdraw?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, I actually do not have the full Hansard in front of me. I am unfortunately missing page 62 of yesterday’s uncorrected proof copy, but I note that you did not go on to quote the fact that Madam Assistant Speaker came back and said that it is quite clear Mr Hanson used the words “Ms Gallagher” and “untrue” and on that basis—I am paraphrasing here—she asked him to withdraw it.

The Assistant Speaker made a clear ruling at the time. I have no qualms with the ruling that she made. As I indicated, it is a matter of judgement for the Speaker at the time. As I am sure you will appreciate, these things often happen very quickly and become heated very quickly. Each of the members who acts as Speaker has to make the best judgement they can at the moment.

Are there any matters arising from question time? If not, we will move on to the presentation of papers.

Auditor-General’s report No 3/2008

Government response

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (3.32): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Auditor-General’s Report No 3/2008—Records Management in ACT Government Agencies—Report on progress and effectiveness of implementing recommendations.

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