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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?


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 - - -

Members interjected.


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