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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 3 Hansard (8 March) . . Page.. 875 ..

Mr Quinlan: On a point of order: this is a very important issue. Would he stick to the issue at hand?

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order.

Mr Humphries: I am arguing it is important that the house respect and uphold the authority of the chair. It cannot operate on any other basis if we don't.

Mr Speaker, my point of order is that a matter has been put before the house. It is clearly foreshadowed by standing orders that this matter be dealt with without debate. Standing order 203 makes it clear that this matter is to be dealt with without debate. Mr Moore has moved already that Mr Kaine be suspended from the service of the house.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, you have indicated you are going to put the question under standing order 203. Just do it.

MR SPEAKER: The question is that the motion be agreed to.

Ms Tucker: I am not totally clear what we are debating-whether we are debating the suspension of standing orders.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: you have already ruled that there can be no debate. So why is there a debate?

MR SPEAKER: Because people keep taking points of order.

Ms Tucker: So now I cannot speak to it? Okay, I will take a point of order. I am certainly concerned at what has just occurred here. I am concerned about the implications of it. I think Mr Kaine has made a good point. I would support Mr Kaine staying here, but I would not be supporting a substantive motion against Mr Speaker. I think Mr Kaine has made a point which he has a right to make. I want to say I take very seriously any situation where the Speaker is challenged. So I don't take this lightly.

MR SPEAKER: I am going to have put the motion.

Question put:

That Mr Kaine be suspended from the service of the Assembly.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 8 Noes 8

Mrs Burke Mr Rugendyke Mr Berry Mr Stanhope

Mr Cornwell Mr Smyth Mr Corbell Ms Tucker

Mr Hird Mr Stefaniak Mr Hargreaves Mr Wood

Mr Humphries Mr Kaine

Mr Moore Mr Quinlan

Question so resolved in the negative, in accordance with standing order 162.

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