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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (2 April) . . Page.. 1236 ..

Mrs Dunne: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Chief Minister, resume your seat.

MR STANHOPE: We know what Terry Snow thinks about the prospect of being sacked by-

Mr Cornwell: Sit down.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Chief Minister!

MR STANHOPE: Sorry, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I can manage.

Mr Cornwell: Thank you, sir. My apologies.

Mrs Dunne: The point of order is that, again, the Chief Minister is misleading this place and other people about the views of the opposition.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Withdraw that. You cannot make the accusation that people are misleading the place. You would know by now that you have to do that by way of a substantive motion, so I order you to withdraw.

Mrs Dunne: Sorry. In that case, Mr Speaker, I withdraw it. But constantly in this place the Chief Minister has made assertions about what the opposition wishes to do with the personnel of the-

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, that is not a point of order. You may wish to rise later in this place and deal with the issue substantively-that would be up to you-but that is not a point of order.

Mr Stefaniak: Mr Speaker, I would like to raise a point of order under standing order 55, which relates to imputations of improper motives. I think that what the Chief Minister has just said is probably the closest you can get to the standing order. He actually said it in a debate some time ago, too, which caused a fair bit of furore here. It is painfully obvious that what he is saying is quite wrong and I think that he is imputing improper motives. I would ask you to ask him to withdraw.

MR STANHOPE: On the point of order, Mr Speaker: the Liberal Part, through Mrs Dunne, has introduced legislation in this place to replace the bushfire task force with a statutory authority. There is absolutely no way that we are going to have a bushfire task force headed by Sandy Hollway and comprising Robert de Castella, Terry Snow, Maureen Caine and Robert Tonkin and a statutory authority designed to do exactly the same thing.

Mr Stefaniak: What is your point?

MR STANHOPE: My point of order is that I have not imputed an improper motive. The Liberal Party has introduced legislation designed to sack the bushfire task force and

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