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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 5 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 1376 ..

Ms Carnell: Mr Speaker - - -

MR SPEAKER: Wait a moment.

Mr Berry: No, it is private members business.

Ms Carnell: Is Mr Berry refusing me leave?

Mr Berry: To speak on what?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Berry is refusing you leave, Chief Minister.

Mr Berry: To speak on what?

Ms Carnell: To speak on this issue.

Mr Berry: No. A Minister has spoken and the Opposition has spoken. If you want to suspend standing orders, go for your life.

Ms Carnell: So you are refusing me leave?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, he is.

Ms Carnell: You are not refusing me leave anymore; you are letting me speak? Mr Speaker, I believe that this is actually an important issue - - -

MR SPEAKER: Did you say no, Mr Berry?

Mr Berry: I did say no, yes.

Ms Carnell: So it is no?

Mr Berry: We have private members business to deal with.

Leave not granted.

Suspension of Standing Orders

MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (4.00): Mr Speaker, I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Ms Carnell making a statement on the matter and Mr Moore addressing the Assembly.

This motion will allow the Chief Minister to speak as well as allowing me a right to reply to the outlandish things that Mr Stanhope has said. Mr Speaker, this is a very churlish approach from Mr Berry, after such a churlish reply from the man who is Leader of the Opposition and who on 19 March said:

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