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MR SPEAKER: Order! It being 4.30 pm, I propose the question:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

In doing so, I point out that standing order 34, adopted this morning, is not operational until the temporary order agreed to by the Assembly on Tuesday ceases to operate.

Mr Humphries: I require the question to be put forthwith without debate.

Question resolved in the negative.


Debate resumed.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I must say that, after today's debate, I admire Mr Berry. Mr Berry has come into this place and has not skipped a beat. He has a view of the world which has not changed one iota.

Ms Follett: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. You have required other speakers to remain relevant. I think that you should require the same thing of your own team.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, if I can address that point of order: I am praising Mr Berry. I am not criticising him; I am praising him.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I can do without it. I will be right without it; thank you very much.

MR SPEAKER: I seem to remember that in Julius Caesar someone did the same. Please proceed, Mr Humphries.

Mr Berry: I do not think that this motion concerns praise of me.

MR HUMPHRIES: I will bury him later; I will praise him, for the moment. The ALP suffered a very significant election defeat.

Ms Follett: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. The matter before us is Ms Horodny's amendment. Mr Speaker, correct me if I am wrong, but you continually called Mr Berry to order because of relevance. I think that you should do the same with Mr Humphries.

MR SPEAKER: I called on him to address Ms Horodny's amendment; that is true. I would invite Mr Humphries to do the same.

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