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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 2863 ..

Mr Humphries: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR WHITECROSS: Another point of order.

Mr Connolly: "Oh, another Opposition member is speaking; we had better interrupt them".


Mr Humphries: I think Mr Whitecross has made some sort of inference - I am not sure what he is referring to - about me harassing people. I would ask that he be asked to withdraw any imputations.

Members interjected.

MR SPEAKER: Settle down.

Mr Connolly: I take a point of order. If Mr Humphries does not know what Mr Whitecross is talking about, how can he possibly take a point of order about the remarks?

Mr Humphries: It is still an imputation.

Mr Connolly: He does not understand the remarks; yet he asks that they be withdrawn.

Mr Humphries: There is still an imputation, whether I understand it or not.

MR SPEAKER: If there were any imputations, would you withdraw them, Mr Whitecross.

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, on the point of order, may I make two points? One, I was not making an imputation about Mr Humphries harassing people; and, two, I think Mr Humphries is really stretching the bounds of proper process in this place by keeping on taking points of order while Opposition members are speaking, in order to interrupt our speeches. He ought to be encouraged to treat the Opposition with a bit more respect.

MR SPEAKER: If you people wish to waste time all day, it does not fuss me in the least, but I suggest that there are other members in this place who would like to get on with the legislation.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, it has always been proper to take a point of order on inferences at the time the remark is made, not at the end of a speech, and I would ask him to withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order. If there was any imputation, would you mind withdrawing it, Mr Whitecross, and get on with the debate.

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