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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 2077 ..

MR SPEAKER: Enough is enough. Just a moment, please, Mr Berry. I wish to rule on Ms Follett's point of order. Firstly, the matter did relate to jobs, but it was in relation to the Trading Hours Ordinance, of which Mr Humphries has carriage, as the Chief Minister herself has indicated. Secondly, however, Mr Berry asked Mr De Domenico to comment upon some statements allegedly made, I understand, by Mr Humphries. However, that section of the question is out of order under standing order 117(c)(i), which states:

(c) Questions shall not ask Ministers:

(i) for any expression of opinion;

That is exactly what you were seeking from Mr De Domenico in relation to Mr Humphries. If Mr Humphries would like to answer the rest of the question but not that section which is out of order, he is free to do so.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. I draw your attention again to the standing orders.

MR SPEAKER: Which one?

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, you have already ruled on this point of order.

MR SPEAKER: I have ruled on the point of order.

Mr Humphries: I ask you to threaten Mr Berry that if he does not respect your ruling you will name him.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Berry, do you have another point of order and, if so, which standing order are you referring to?

Mr Berry: I am referring to the same standing order, Mr Speaker - 114.

MR SPEAKER: I have already ruled on that.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, you have not heard it yet. It is another point of order in relation to the same standing order.

Ms Follett: Mr Speaker, may I clarify. I took the last point of order, not Mr Berry.

MR SPEAKER: I will hear Mr Berry on standing order 114. I think, Mr Berry, that you said it was another point of order relating to 114. Proceed.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, the option is with a member in this place when it comes to the raising of questions to be put to Ministers. If a member chooses to put a question to a particular Minister, that member has the option. If I had wished to ask Mr Humphries a question, Mr Speaker, I would have asked him. I suppose that this is a repeat of the point that I made earlier. The option is with me, not the Minister. If I had wanted to ask Mr Humphries a question, I would have asked him.

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