Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (Tuesday, 6 December 2011) . . Page.. 5649 ..
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Statement by Speaker
MR SPEAKER: Before we proceed with business, I wish to make a statement regarding Hansard policy on the recording of interjections. This is timely both in the final sitting week of the year and also in light of recent questions.
Members will be aware that the longstanding practice, as set out in House of Representatives Practice, has been that interjections to which the member addressing the chair does not reply ought not to be included in the Hansard report. Sometimes a particular interjection, or a series of interjections, will not be responded to by the member addressing the chair but will lead to a warning or other action by the chair. In these cases, there needs to be an acknowledgment of the interjection occurring. In other cases the actual words of an interjection are not clearly audible either to members present during a debate or on the Hansard audio recording.
Hansard deals with these situations in the following ways:
Clearly audible interjections to which the member addressing the chair responds are included in the Hansard report.
Interjections which are not responded to but which lead to a warning or other action by the chair will be acknowledged as having occurred but the actual words will not be reported.
Interjections which are not responded to and which do not lead to any other action will not be reported or acknowledged.
Remarks made during a division are not regarded as part of the proceedings of the Assembly and are not reported by Hansard. Such remarks might not be covered by privilege.
Of course I remind all members that all interjections are disorderly and I encourage you to refrain from interjecting or responding to interjections made by other members.
The Clerk: The following response to a petition has been lodged by a minister:
By Mr Corbell, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, dated 15 November 2011, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Doszpot on 17 August 2011 concerning traffic and car parking issues in the Erindale shopping precinct.