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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 2703 ..

Government Schools - Corporal Punishment

MR MOORE: My question is to the Minister for Education, Mr Stefaniak. Mr Stefaniak, will you assure this Assembly that, as far as government schools are concerned, the policy prohibiting corporal punishment will remain the policy of your Government in this Assembly?

Mr Humphries: Why did you not ask me the question?

MR MOORE: It is an education issue, Gary.

MR STEFANIAK: Yes, for the government schools, of course, Mr Moore.

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


MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation pursuant to standing order 46.


MR BERRY: Thank you, Mr Speaker. In question time and in a press release issued today, Mrs Carnell accused me of frightening mothers and babies. During question time, through a full battery of accusations at me - - -

Mr Moore: You kiss babies, don't you, Wayne?

MR BERRY: Indeed, Mr Moore. Mrs Carnell is the Chief Minister who took us into a budget blow-out which has taken us - - -

Mrs Carnell: I take a point of order. It has to be a personal explanation, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order.

MR BERRY: You accused me of it. She accused me of budget blow-outs, Mr Speaker. It is a personal explanation.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Standing order 46 states:

Having obtained leave from the Chair -

which you have -

a Member may explain matters of a personal nature ... but such matters may not be debated.

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