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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 2353 ..

Ms Follett: Could it not be the case that Mr Moore is, in fact, debating this issue - just by, you know, a stretch of the imagination?

MR MOORE: Let me assure you that I am drawing to a close, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I think you should.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, it is just that I very rarely get an opportunity to answer a question. I thought I would try to make the most of it. Who knows when the next question might come.

MR SPEAKER: That has not been my experience, Mr Moore.

Mrs Carnell: I offered.

MR MOORE: I hear an interjection from the Chief Minister. She has offered to give me the chance to have lots of questions by taking a ministry. I know that. The point is, Mr Speaker, that we have had this situation, but on the last occasion a series of moves were made over a long time leading up to the frustration of a situation where an amendment was moved to the budget, not just the posturing that we have seen happening in this Assembly over the last couple of days.

Mr Connolly: Mr Speaker, I rise to take a point of order. For the second time today when the Leader of the Opposition has been addressing you on a point of order male members of the Government frontbench have been making cat noises and scratching the air. I would ask you to rule on whether this is parliamentary behaviour, or is this indicative of that party's view of women members of parliament?

Mr Hird: A nice try.

Mr Connolly: It is in the Hansard, boys.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Connolly, there is no point of order, but I will watch the behaviour of all members.

MR OSBORNE: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. I would like to thank Mr Moore for his most enlightening and truthful answer to my question. Mr Moore, given what you have just told the Assembly, would it be fair to say that some people in this house have double standards?

MR SPEAKER: The question is out of order.

Mr Moore: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. He did not use the word "hypocrisy", which he might well have used. It would have been appropriate for him to use that.

Mr Osborne: I did not mention which members of this house. I just said "some members".

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