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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 August 2018) . . Page.. 3303 ..


MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Rattenbury. I refer members to standing order 117(c), which states:

questions shall not ask Ministers:

(i) for an expression of opinion;

(ii) to announce Executive policy, but may seek an explanation regarding the policy of the Executive and its application …

(iii) for a legal opinion;

Unless you have something on the point of order, Chief Minister, my ruling—

Mrs Dunne: Sorry, can I get some clarity, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, I meant to come back to you, Mrs Dunne.

Mrs Dunne: Have you ruled on Mrs Kikkert’s question without giving her the opportunity to rephrase it?

MADAM SPEAKER: Without labouring this point, Mrs Dunne, I made the point when Mr Coe’s supplementary question was ruled out of order. I made reference to be very careful about language with Ms Lawder. For peace and harmony in this place, be very mindful about this; be very clear about what I am going to be ruling in and out of order. But if Mrs Kikkert wants to rephrase that, this will be the last time we get to rephrase anything. Mrs Kikkert.

MRS KIKKERT: Chief Minister, it is well known that members of the right faction of your party staged a dramatic walkout of the ACT Labor Party conference on the weekend—

Government members interjecting—

MRS KIKKERT: I am not up to the question yet, so calm your voices—in response to behaviour and decisions that have been described as “unruly and lawless”. Chief Minister, were you pressured at the recent ACT Labor Party conference in a way that will have an impact on committing to government policies?

MR BARR: No, but I can advise members—

Mr Wall interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Wall, stop it, please!

MR BARR: I can advise—

Mr Coe: Did you walk out, Andrew?


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