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MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, you continued then to make an imputation that Labor members of this Assembly had a conflict of interest.

MR SMYTH: No, no. Sorry, I disagree with the ruling, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker.

Mr Corbell: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, on the point of order.


Mr Mulcahy: There is no point of order.

Mr Corbell: Well, on a point of order, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker: perhaps to provide some guidance in this debate, Mr Smyth’s motion does not refer to Labor members; it refers to members—members who receive benefits from poker machines. Now, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, it is one thing to say that other people have said certain things about Labor members. It is another for Mr Smyth to advance that argument himself. Whilst Mr Smyth’s motion deals with “members”, his comments are reflecting on “Labor members”. This is either a debate about the ambiguity in the standing orders or it is a vehicle for Mr Smyth to cast aspersions on Labor members, and he is doing the latter not the former.

Mr Mulcahy: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, I do not think that is a valid observation at all. Mr Smyth has indicated that he is seeking to clear up an ambiguity. I am very interested to know whether my discounted meal on Friday night with my family at the Southern Cross Club puts me in a position of having a possible issue under this standing order, and we need to get this clarified. There is clearly a need for improvement in that standing order, and that is simply what Mr Smyth is trying to do.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you, members, for your comments. I have asked Mr Smyth to reflect on standing order 55. He only has a minute or so left for his comments—it appears his time has expired. I apologise, Mr Smyth.

Mr Smyth: I will tread carefully, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, and that is the whole point of the motion.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: The time for the Assembly business has expired.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 11

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (11.59): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 11—Review of Auditor-General’s Report No 8 of 2004: Waiting Lists for Elective Surgery and Medical Treatment, dated 13 September 2007, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

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