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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4094 ..

Mr Berry: Where in the standing orders are you allowed to ask questions?

MR SPEAKER: I am asking Mr Stanhope if he makes a habit of doing that.

Mr Kaine: Is the Chief Minister the prosecutor? Is that the simile?

MR SPEAKER: I am sure it would not be acceptable there and it is not acceptable here, either.

Mr Berry: Neither is the editorial.

MR SPEAKER: Order, please!

Mr Stanhope: I do concede, Mr Speaker, I have not had as much experience in the witness box as the Chief Minister.

Mr Moore: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order under standing order 39. Even as I try to raise it, the issue is emphasised. I have been keeping an eye on the time, Mr Speaker. There has not been even 10 seconds through the Chief Minister's answer to this question - - -

Mr Stanhope: I cannot believe that.

Mr Moore: And here it goes again - where there is not some interjection or some loud noise coming from, particularly, the Labor benches. I would ask you to keep a firmer eye on standing order 39.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

Mr Kaine: On that point of order, Mr Speaker: Can I ask you to revise your decision? The Chief Minister is not the prosecutor, she is the chief witness at the moment.

MR SPEAKER: I do not uphold that point of order, Mr Kaine.

MS CARNELL: Oh dear, we are all smart-arses today, aren't we?

Mr Berry: You speak for yourself.

MR SPEAKER: I certainly uphold Mr Moore's comments.

MS CARNELL: And I have to say from what I understand last night, Mr Hargreaves would know all about that.

MR SPEAKER: Come along, let us move on. We have a long, long agenda.

MS CARNELL: We do, Mr Speaker. Just recently, we heard Mr Berry making very uninformed comments about the unemployment rate of women in Canberra going up. Well, that actually is right. Last month, Mr Berry, it was 5.6 per cent -5.6 per cent. At

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