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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 13 May 2021) . . Page.. 1511 ..


MR HANSON: I present the following paper:

Statement by Mr James Milligan, MLA, dated Thursday, 13 May 2021.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Pettersson): Members, I will seek some advice.

Members, paragraph (2) calls on Mr Milligan, upon passage of this motion, to make a statement to the Assembly detailing how many emails were sent promoting his business, where and how he obtained the email addresses, personal names and addresses, how many responses he received when he sent the emails, and how he had access to contact details; specifically, if any information was obtained through his actions as an MLA. I call on Mr Milligan to make a statement.

Mr Hanson: Mr Assistant Speaker, on a point of order, the motion calls for a statement from Mr Milligan, and I have provided you with a statement from Mr Milligan. That is entirely in order.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson. Mr Milligan has to make the statement. That is what the resolution says.

Mrs Jones: On a question of clarification, does the motion say that Mr Milligan must make the statement immediately after the motion is passed or that he must make a statement?

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Members, let me seek some advice. Let me seek clarity from Ms Burch as to the intention of her wording.

Ms Lee: On a point of order, Mr Assistant Speaker, there is nothing in the wording of this motion that specifies that Mr Milligan must come into this chamber and make an oral statement. It asks for a statement. Mr Hanson has tabled a statement on behalf of Mr Milligan, and that is satisfactory.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Members, let me seek some advice. Members, no-one has had a chance to read the statement. The Assembly has called upon Mr Milligan to make a statement. I stand by that ruling. I have called upon Mr Milligan to make a statement to the Assembly.

Mrs Jones: On a matter of clarification regarding your earlier ruling, as I asked, which you have not yet answered, does the motion state that Mr Milligan must immediately make a statement or that he must make a statement? There is nothing in there that states that he must, immediately after the passing of the motion, come down and make a statement—merely that he must make a statement.

Mr Gentleman: Mr Assistant Speaker, on a point of order, you are in control of this parliament, not those in the opposition that are reflecting on your decision. It is up to you to make that decision, and your decision should not be reflected on by those opposite.


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