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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3325 ..

Thursday, 28 August 2003

The Assembly met at 10.30am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


MR SPEAKER: Members, I remind you of the standing order that requires members to stay in the chamber once a quorum is called. Members must not leave the chamber when the bells are ringing in pursuit of a quorum.

Unparliamentary language

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, yesterday you used the word "pseudologist"in respect of another member. I ask you to withdraw that.

Mr Hargreaves: I withdraw it with some grace, Mr Speaker.

Matters of public importance

MR SPEAKER: Members, this morning Mrs Dunne and Ms Tucker lodged MPIs for discussion today. Having considered the MPIs, I rule them both out of order. Mrs Dunne's MPI had the wrong date, was in the form of a motion and contained a matter that should more properly be moved in a substantive motion that is critical of the government.

Ms Tucker's MPI concerned matters that were not within the scope of ministerial action.

Members may wish, when they're preparing MPIs, to discuss them with the acting clerk prior to their submission.


The following petitions were lodged for presentation.

Aldi supermarket

by Ms Dundas from 1,726 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that local people want access to cheaper groceries.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

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