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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (28 February) . . Page.. 386 ..

MR HUMPHRIES: No, I am not, Mr Corbell. The words are there in black and white.

Members interjecting-

MR SPEAKER: Order! I do not want an argument across the chamber; it is question time.

MR HUMPHRIES: Members who doubt that that is an accurate reflection of the words that he spoke can come to my office-

Mr Corbell: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. I know that you have ruled on this issue, but we are yet to hear an answer from the minister.

Mr Moore: Mr Speaker, while points of order are being taken, yesterday you warned Mr Stanhope for his constant interjections, which was an unusual thing to do to a Leader of the Opposition, but it would appear to be necessary again.

MR SPEAKER: There are no points of order and I am sure that the minister is coming to his reply.

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. Would you ask the Chief Minister to do his politicking out of the house instead of in it? There must be an election.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order.

MR HUMPHRIES: I would be the only politician to be politicking in this house, Mr Kaine! Mr Speaker, I do not mind if Mr Rebikoff makes promises on behalf of the Labor Party but, as leader of the Labor Party, Mr Stanhope has an obligation either to back up those comments-

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I have just been reminded of what Ms Burke's question really was. Paraphrased, it really asked the Chief Minister-

Mr Moore: You have ruled on this, Mr Speaker.

Mr Berry: Let me finish. Ms Burke asked Mr Humphries-

Mr Moore: Standing order 202 (a), Mr Speaker.

Mr Berry: Talk about interjections!

MR SPEAKER: Order, please! Exactly.


Berry: Ms Burke specifically asked Mr Humphries to let the Assembly and anybody else interested know what the government was doing about multicultural broadcasting. If she had asked a question about what the Labor Party was going to do about it, that would have been a reasonable answer; but he could not give it, because he does not have responsibility for that. All I would like you to do, Mr Speaker, is to refer him to standing order 118 (a), which provides that answers to questions "shall be concise and confined to

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