Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 15 Hansard (Tuesday, 13 December 2005) . . Page.. 4740 ..
onto every house in the ACT at a cost of $840 million, what that would do to the ACT budget.
Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker—
MR SPEAKER: You have not got a point of order because he is dealing—
Mr Smyth: You cannot know that until I have raised the point of order.
MR SPEAKER: I can almost guess what you are going to say, but go on.
Mr Smyth: You can say that, but you cannot say that it is not a point of order until you have heard the point of order. Under standing order 118 (b) he cannot debate the subject like that.
MR SPEAKER: I reckon I knew it.
Mr Smyth: He has to answer the question, which is: which eminent scientists did he consult? You have to make him do that.
MR SPEAKER: The Chief Minister has two minutes—
MR STANHOPE: I have finished.
MR SPEAKER: He could have two minutes and 30-odd seconds, if he wanted, to refer to Professor Blakers, I think it was—
MR STANHOPE: Professor Andrew “$840 million” Blakers.
MR SPEAKER: He could have referred over and over again to him and his connection with the policy your party supported. He is entitled to do that.
Mr Smyth: On the point of order, Mr Speaker—
MR SPEAKER: Sit down.
Mr Smyth: On the point of order, he has to attempt to answer the question. The question was: which eminent scientists did he contact or speak to? He has not answered that question in any way, shape or form. He has avoided the whole point of the question. You should direct him, under the standing orders, to answer the question.
MR SPEAKER: I cannot direct him to answer the question.
Mr Smyth: Yes, you can. He must be relevant and he must not debate the subject, which is what he is getting away with today.
MR SPEAKER: I know you would like me to direct him to answer the question in the way that you would like it answered, but I cannot do that either. Questions without notice. I call Ms Porter.