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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 May 2015) . . Page.. 1400 ..


MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

MS BURCH: I think the question is about whether I am aware that members of the outlaw motorcycle gangs may have—

Dr Bourke: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order. Stop the clock.

Dr Bourke: The Leader of the Opposition described the minister as a puppet. I think that would be unparliamentary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes. Can you withdraw, please.

Mr Hanson: Really? Okay, I withdraw calling the minister a puppet of Mr Corbell.

MADAM SPEAKER: No, just withdraw.

Mr Hanson: I did, Madam Speaker; I withdraw.

MADAM SPEAKER: No; “I withdraw.”

Mr Hanson: I withdraw.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you.

Mr Coe: On the point of order, Madam Speaker, I do note—

MADAM SPEAKER: I have made my ruling, Mr Coe.

Mr Coe: I am seeking a new ruling from you then. The Chief Minister regularly calls members opposite “Muppets”. It is very similar to “puppets” in numerous ways. Therefore, you might like to add both words to the no-go list.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you. It depends where the hand is, I suspect. I will keep that in mind next time the term is used. Before I call Minister Burch to answer the question on whether she had received any advice about interstate organised crime connections, Mr Hanson did ask a question and then started to interject. I found it difficult to hear the answer, so it would be good if we could actually hear the answer.

MS BURCH: It is my understanding that Mr Hanson was asking whether I was aware of or provided with advice that any activity or connection with outlaw motorcycle gangs in the ACT may have connections to people undertaking illegal activities in other states. I think that is a fair assumption. I think everyone on this side of the chamber would understand that to be the case.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.


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