Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (13 March) . . Page.. 1061 ..
MR STANHOPE: You have, Mrs Burke. I know that you are a person of extremely good heart and all of that, but essentially your position and the position of the Liberal Party in all of this debate has been a position that suggests that this legislation is an assault on marriage. It is not. I just need to make the point-
Mrs Burke: No, I have never said that. No, retract that.
MR STANHOPE: The very comments you just made were to that effect. To the extent that you suggest that this is in some way an assault on marriage, namely, a marriage between a man and a woman, you are. You are not accepting the essential importance of this legislation.
Mrs Burke: I rise to a point of order, Mr Speaker, a point of clarification. I never at any time said-
MR SPEAKER: That is not a point of order, Mrs Burke.
Mrs Burke: Clarification under standing order 55, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: When debate has finished on this matter, you will be quite free to rise and seek my leave.
Mrs Burke: The Chief Minister should retract what he said. That was not true and he knows it. I never said that.
MR SPEAKER: Under standing order 47, you can explain words.
Mrs Burke: I would like to. Thank you for the opportunity.
MR SPEAKER: But I suggest that you wait until the Chief Minister has finished his speech on that matter.
MR STANHOPE: That was all I wished to say, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Pursuant to section 47, you can speak again.
Mrs Burke: Thank you. I did not say that it was an assault on marriage. I think Mr Stanhope jolly well knows that. It was not. Indeed, I have made my points clearly. We need to get on with the debate. There are people waiting anxiously for the outcome and I am sad that you would prolong this debate any further than you have, Mr Stanhope.
MR SPEAKER: That very standing order says that we should not have any debate on that matter.
Mrs Burke's amendment to Mr Stanhope's proposed amendment negatived.
Mr Stanhope's amendment agreed to.