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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (27 March) . . Page.. 915 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

that you make a judgment, Mr Speaker, as to whether to leave the issue and to move on and allow the Assembly to work.

Mr Speaker, I sit here and I am extraordinarily dissatisfied with the fact that Mr Stanhope sits with his back to you, leaning right back through question time with his mouth going. It contrasts greatly with the technique that Mr Berry tends to use. Mr Berry's technique tends to be an interjection technique which is about making a point and driving a point home. That one I accept. That is the normal run of the mill. What I do object to about the way Mr Berry operates, and I would like you to take note of this, Mr Speaker, is that he often rises to take a point of order that is not a point of order at all.

Mr Kaine: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: are we dealing with a motion of confidence in you, or are we talking about the Leader of the Opposition or Mr Berry?


: Yes.

Mr Kaine

: I am not too clear what the relevance of this is.


: Mr Moore, I would suggest that you come back to the motion. It seems to me that there is a little bit of personal point-scoring going on at the moment.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, may I just add to that? You may wish to rule on this as well. Would you draw Mr Moore's attention to the fact that he moved a motion of confidence, not a motion of no confidence. It might be better if he talked about your good points rather than your bad ones.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Moore, get back to the subject please.

MR MOORE: Mr Berry delivers on exactly the thing that I am talking about. He stood on his feet and said, "This is a point of order." It was not a point of order. If he wants to do it as an interjection, Mr Speaker, I can see that and I can deal with it. But raising a point of order stops a member speaking.

Mr Wood: And you have never done that?

MR SPEAKER: Order, please! You all should stop behaving like children.

MR MOORE: He uses this as a particular technique.


: This has gone on for far too long.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I would suggest to you that these things are not particularly easy to handle. The point I am getting to, Mr Speaker, is that I am sure each member here has felt at times that something has not been done in the way they want. Mr Kaine blew his top not so long ago because he thought I was taking too long to answer a question, and he felt dissatisfied with the way you handled the thing.

Mr Speaker, the role of Speaker is not, as some have tried to put it, designed to be a partisan way of delivering power. I believe you have not exercised your role in a partisan way. That is why I raise these issues of dissatisfaction, Mr Speaker, and why

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