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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 26 October 2011) . . Page.. 5017 ..


Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, you really have to do something about this. Please, I implore you to do something about this constant interjection across the chamber when the minister is trying his best to answer, in a voice which is not inflammatory. It does not suggest anything from those opposite. They constantly carp. It has been going on all day and I implore you, Mr Speaker: take charge of this Assembly.

Mrs Dunne: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, I am objecting to the tone of Mr Hargreaves, who is already on a warning for disrespecting the chair, and I consider that the tone is disrespectful. By this disingenuous imploring you to do something, he is actually attempting to bully you.

Mr Seselja interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Unfortunately, Mr Hargreaves, a most unfavourable tone was set earlier in question time. It is going to be one of those difficult days. Let us just try and proceed with respect across the chamber, thank you. Minister Corbell, you have the floor.

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, I need to take a point of order on this. Mr Speaker, I accept your ruling without equivocation, but I do point out to the chair that Mr Seselja did say, “But he has lost control.” I suggest, Mr Speaker, that that is an imputation on the chair.

Mr Seselja: Mr Speaker, I was responding to what Mr Hargreaves said. He was the one with the imputation. He said, “You should take control of the Assembly.” One can only assume that he means you do not have control of the Assembly.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Seselja. This is not a free-for-all. Mr Corbell, you have the floor. Let us proceed, members.

Mr Smyth: Well, will you ask Mr Hargreaves to withdraw? He said you have lost control. He said you must take control. He must withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! We are proceeding with question time. Mr Corbell, you have the floor.

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, Mr Hargreaves said you should take control of the Assembly. That implies you do not have control of the Assembly—

MR SPEAKER: I did not take that implication, Mr Smyth, thank you.

Mr Smyth: and in that case it is a reflection on the chair and you should ask him to withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Smyth, for your advice. Mr Corbell, you have the floor.

MR CORBELL: I have concluded my answer, Mr Speaker.


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