Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (13 October) . . Page.. 3067 ..
Mr Kaine: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I draw your attention to standing order 55:
All imputations of improper motives and all personal reflections on Members shall be considered highly disorderly.
I ask you, Mr Speaker: Has the Chief Minister not been highly disorderly?
MS CARNELL: No.
Mr Kaine: It is very much a personal reflection on a member of this place.
MR SPEAKER: I draw the Chief Minister's attention to what Mr Kaine said.
MS CARNELL: I am happy to take that on board.
MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, you are not in a position to judge why Mr Corbell did something or did not do something.
MS CARNELL: But I didn't. I have not said anything about that.
MR SPEAKER: You could speculate, but I draw your attention to standing order 55, which does not allow you to do that.
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, this is about as basic a mistake as you can make. If it were not so serious, it would be laughable.
Mr Berry: That is a personal reflection.
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, if that is a personal reflection, then those opposite will never be able to ask another question in question time.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Kaine was correct, Mr Berry, in drawing attention to standing order 55 and I have drawn that - - -
Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, the correct interpretation of that is that the Chief Minister will not be in a position to deliver a homily on another member's questions. That is the point.
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I have to say that this stands as one of the sloppiest pieces of work I have seen in my seven years in this place. In fact, the only other howler as good as this was the famous ACTEW - - -
MR SPEAKER: Order!