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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 June 2011) . . Page.. 2639 ..

unacceptable. If you want to genuinely create capacity in the community to get involved with government work, participate in it and collaborate in it with government, you are going to have to be mature about this work. And that does not mean every issue, including HR issues, that need to be dealt with outside this place, outside the parliament; those matters are appropriately dealt with, with multiple avenues for review, and are kept in those areas.

Mr Hargreaves interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves!

MS GALLAGHER: This open government agenda does not mean—

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, Mr Hargreaves called Mr Hanson a bully. I believe that is an imputation. I seek your ruling on this and to ask Mr Hargreaves to withdraw.

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, I am happy to withdraw the fact that I called Mr Hanson a bully, because it is not the first time he has been called a bully in this place. If he is going to bully his way through, I withdraw it.

Members interjecting—


Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! I cannot hear Mr Smyth. Mr Coe, thank you.

Mr Smyth: As to Mr Hargreaves’s withdrawal, House of Representatives Practice states on page 500 that “people must withdraw the remark immediately, in a respectful manner, unreservedly and without conditions or qualification”. He yet again plays the game of putting in a preamble and really not withdrawing in the true spirit of the standing orders. I would ask that you just ask him to withdraw unreservedly.

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, I will treat those opposite with the same respect that they treat me, and I withdraw it unconditionally.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, during the interjection previously from Mr Hargreaves, he yelled “little hypocrite” at the Leader of the Opposition, and I would ask that he also withdraw that imputation on Mr Seselja’s character.

Mr Hargreaves: I withdraw, Mr Speaker.

Mr Smyth: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

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