Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 10 March 2005) . . Page.. 884 ..
statement earlier this week, he did not make a correction; he perpetuated the lie that he told last year.
Mr Hargreaves: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. Mrs Dunne is debating the issue. She has made a statement on why we should suspend standing orders. Let us vote on the motion.
MR SPEAKER: I think that Mrs Dunne is putting an argument as to why standing orders should be suspended and she should continue to do so.
MRS DUNNE: The argument, Mr Speaker, as to why we should suspend standing orders is that in December last year Mr Corbell said things that were patently and obviously wrong. They were things that were said by either a knave or a fool. We know quite categorically, no matter what we say about Mr Corbell, that he is no fool. What he did the other day was to perpetuate the lie that he told himself and allowed to be told by Mr Gentleman in this place.
Mr Hargreaves: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. Mrs Dunne has implied that Mr Corbell is a knave. I think that she should withdraw that.
MR SPEAKER: This could become a debating point. Provocative language invites provocative debate and it might be easier not to use strong language, otherwise you will get a strong response.
MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, what in practice Mr Corbell did the other day was not to make a correction. He came in here and hedged about with a range of excuses about what he had said.
MR SPEAKER: Order! I am reminded that you did say, “perpetuate the lie” and you will withdraw that, Mrs Dunne.
MRS DUNNE: Why should I withdraw that, Mr Speaker?
MR SPEAKER: If you want to call people liars in this place, you have to do it by way of a substantive motion. I think that it is unparliamentary to suggest that somebody has perpetuated the lie.
MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, I said that he told a lie, not that he was a liar, which is quite different.
MR SPEAKER: I do not want to hear your explanation. I want you to withdraw it.
MRS DUNNE: No, I will not withdraw it, Mr Speaker.
Member named and suspended
MR SPEAKER: I name you, Mrs Dunne, pursuant to standing order 202 (e).
Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed: