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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3848 ..

MR BERRY (continuing):

I have said that I think the Government is pretty miserable about not allowing those savings from the merger to flow to the schools well into the future. Mr Speaker, I have also been misrepresented - Gary-ed, in effect - by Mr Smyth. Mr Smyth said that I had never said anything positive - - -

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I think the tradition is that the personal explanation under standing order 46 is conducted without throwing out barbs at other people. Mr Berry has descended into that, and I think that is a matter that should not intrude into his explanation under standing order 46.

MR BERRY: Which bit is he worried about? Is he worried about Gary-ed.?

MR SPEAKER: If you used the word, yes.

MR BERRY: Yes. Well, I suppose it is one way of saying that I have been misrepresented, it is just an economic use of the English language.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, once again we have got here abuse of standing order 46.


Mr Humphries: If Mr Berry has nothing further to say he should sit down.

MR SPEAKER: Sit down, I think you have given your- - -

MR BERRY: No. I have got one matter to finish, Mr Speaker; it will not be harmful.

MR SPEAKER: Then withdraw what you said earlier.

MR BERRY: Well, I will not use the term again.

MR SPEAKER: Withdraw the word.

MR BERRY: I withdraw "Gary".

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

Mr Stanhope: You were Gary-ed though.

MR BERRY: I was.

MR SPEAKER: We could be here a long time.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, on the point of order: I have to insist here. Mr Berry has again repeated, in response to an interjection from Mr Stanhope - - -

MR BERRY: I never said a word.

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