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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 8 March 2011) . . Page.. 472 ..


MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Please stop the clock for a minute, Clerk. Mr Hanson, Mrs Dunne, members of the opposition, please be quiet. Mr Rattenbury deserves to be heard in silence.

Ms Bresnan: I raise a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker. I just ask that Mr Hanson withdraw that comment to Mr Rattenbury.

Mrs Dunne: On the point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker, if that is the case, Mr Rattenbury should also be asked to withdraw the same comment that he made to Mr Smyth.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I am afraid I find myself at a considerable disadvantage here. There was so much noise that I actually have no idea what Mr Hanson said. And I presume—

Mr Hanson: I was quoting the Speaker.

Mrs Dunne: In that case, could I suggest, Madam Assistant Speaker, that you might review the Hansard tape and hear the comment made by Mr Hanson and the comment made by Mr Rattenbury?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I will certainly do that, but. I am afraid I have absolutely no idea at this stage what any of the interjections were.

Mr Hanson: Madam Assistant Speaker, I am happy to withdraw it as an inappropriate comment, and I assume that Mr Rattenbury will be happy to do the same.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson. It is very useful. Mr Rattenbury, I believe you have the floor. Please continue.

Mrs Dunne: There is the live question, Madam Assistant Speaker, of the comments that were made by Mr Rattenbury that I drew to your attention.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I will review the tape. As I said, Mrs Dunne, it is so noisy I have no idea what any of you said, which is the major problem. Mr Rattenbury, you have the floor. Clerk, please restart the clock.

MR RATTENBURY: Thank you. I was simply in the process of going back to the substance of Senator Brown’s bill—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR RATTENBURY: There has been quite a debate this morning about the consistency of Senator Brown’s approach and I think it is an interesting point to reflect on because when Senator—

Mr Smyth: I raise a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker. Apparently, the question was asked whether or not the Speaker, Mr Rattenbury, would withdraw the


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