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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 3 Hansard (25 March) . . Page.. 863 ..

MR SPEAKER (continuing):

proof Hansard of that day. Having reviewed the instances on the Tuesday and Wednesday, I must remind members that standing orders make it clear that members may not use offensive words against the Assembly or any member and that all imputations of improper motives and personal reflections on members are considered highly disorderly. Standing orders also require the Speaker to intervene when offensive or disorderly words are used. They also provide that when the attention of the Speaker is drawn to words used the Speaker shall determine whether or not they are offensive or disorderly.

I have already ruled the supplementary question asked by Mr Berry on a matter out of order, for the reason given, and, having considered the matters raised by Mr Kaine and my obligations under the standing orders, I have concluded that the allegations made by the Chief Minister on 10 March are serious and should be withdrawn. However, I also rule that the rejoinder, which I did not hear, made by Mr Kaine on 10 March, namely that the Chief Minister was telling lies, should also be withdrawn. I call on both members, therefore, to withdraw.

Ms Carnell: I will obviously always take any advice from the Speaker, and I withdraw, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Chief Minister. When Mr Kaine comes back, I will invite him to withdraw as well.


Stamp Duty on Motor Vehicle Registrations

MR SPEAKER: I present, for the information of members, Auditor-General's Report No. 1 of 1999, "Stamp Duty on Motor Vehicle Registrations".

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Community Safety and Minister Assisting the Treasurer) (3.35): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move a motion authorising the publication of the Auditor-General's Report No. 1 of 1999.

Leave granted.


That the Assembly authorises the publication of the Auditor-General's Report No. 1 of 1999.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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