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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 3461 ..

Mr Humphries: It has been widely held before that it is not to be used to launch attacks on other members.

MR SPEAKER: Withdraw it, Mr Berry, and just get on with your personal explanation.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I will get on with it.

MR SPEAKER: Did you withdraw it?

Mr Moore: Mr Speaker, that was completely ignoring the Chair and, I think, disrespectful.

MR BERRY: Withdraw what?

MR SPEAKER: The "Gary" comment, please.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker---

MR SPEAKER: Sit down, please. You have refused to make a personal explanation.

MR BERRY: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Well, you can throw me out, then. Why do you not try that one on?

MR SPEAKER: If you are going to abuse standing orders - - -

MR BERRY: No, I want to make a statement concerning the Assembly being misled.

MR SPEAKER: Then withdraw.

MR BERRY: I withdraw it. I withdraw it, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Now you have permission.

MR BERRY: But I will do it under protest because it was not unparliamentary.

Mr Moore: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Mr Berry has sought leave from the Speaker under that standing order. Leave of the Speaker was given, but you then indicated to Mr Berry that he had lost leave of the Speaker. We have often seen him simply ignoring the ruling of the Speaker. I think you should abide by your ruling. You have not given him leave.

MR SPEAKER: You then proceeded to abuse my permission, but now that you have withdrawn the "Gary" statement I will give you permission to make a statement under standing order 46.

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