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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 2859 ..

MR SPEAKER: Ms Follett had finished her comments. Mr Humphries is making a statement under standing order 47. Proceed.

MR HUMPHRIES: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I think members opposite misunderstood the comments that I was making and therefore I am making this explanation. The fact is, Mr Speaker, that when the ACT obtained self-government it did not have a public service of its own, but it had agencies that were responsible for administering different parts of the ACT's - - -

Mr Moore: Come on! It is a second speech.

MR HUMPHRIES: No, I have explained what I said before.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. If Mr Humphries wants to enter the debate in relation to this legislation he is quite entitled to do so under the standing orders. He is not entitled to enter the debate under standing order 47.

MR SPEAKER: Why not?

Ms Follett: Have a read of it.

Mr Hird: The rule of Wayne.

Mr Berry: No, read it.

MR SPEAKER: It says "misquoted or misunderstood".

Mr Berry: No, no, Mr Speaker - - -

Ms McRae: But he is debating.

MR SPEAKER: If he has not been misquoted, then presumably Mr Humphries believes he has been misunderstood.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, may I just point out to you that it says that "no debatable matter may be brought forward nor may any debate arise upon such explanation". It says "no debatable matter", and we are in the course of a debate about legislation. Take it easy!

MR SPEAKER: I believe that Mr Humphries claims to have been misunderstood, under standing order 47. Is that correct?

MR HUMPHRIES: Yes, it is.

Ms Follett: It is their legislation, Mr Speaker. Do they want to get on with it or not?

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