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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 3049 ..

Mr Moore: Of course they were political.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I said that I did not believe that discussions relating to overseas activities and the moral issues that we have been discussing were necessarily of interest to the wider community.

Mr Moore: That is impugning members. Of course we have a right. They are our responsibility. It is in our legislation.

MR SPEAKER: Just a moment, Mr Moore. I expressed, in connection with the first nine months, my view on my position here. That is my position, Mr Berry. That was the context in which the comment was made.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, you were - - -

Mrs Carnell: Is this a supplementary question?

MR BERRY: You might think you pull the strings on the Speaker, but I can assure you that you do not. Mr Speaker, as you referred to members as being tired, will you advise the Assembly of which members you were accusing of being tired? Or is it the case that a Liberal MLA in this chamber was as tired as a newt?

Mr De Domenico: Gee, you are nice! What a lovely chap you are! Merry Christmas!

Mrs Carnell: You sound a bit bitchy.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Frankly, the behaviour over the last few days is an indication that everybody here is quite tired and is looking forward to the break. That was the context in which I meant it, Mr Berry.

Ms McRae: I raise a point of order. As a follow-up to the session when we sat all night, you undertook to get advice on the status of the amendment to the 1993 budget. It is an issue of extreme importance because of the current debate on education. Could you advise the house of when that will be available?

Mrs Carnell: Is this a question?

Ms McRae: It is a point of order, Mrs Carnell, and the Speaker accepts it.

MR SPEAKER: Order! It is a legitimate question under standing order 118A. I am advised by the Clerk that we still have not received it, but we will hurry it up for you, Ms McRae. I take the point that you make.

Mrs Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

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