Page 3367 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 14 November 2007

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Supplementary answer to question without notice

Legislative Assembly library

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I wish to expand on an answer that you gave to the Leader of the Opposition with relation to library services, and at the same time express my disappointment in the Leader of the Opposition for being so impetuous and precipitate. The letter that was sent to me, Mr Speaker—

Members interjecting—

Mrs Dunne: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I seek your direction: under what standing order or what form of the house is Mr Hargreaves doing this? If he wants to seek leave to make a statement, we would consider leave.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Seek leave to make the statement, Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves: I seek leave, Mr Speaker.

Leave not granted.

Standing orders—suspension

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Housing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (3.26): I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Hargreaves from making a statement concerning the Legislative Assembly Library.

MR SPEAKER: The question is that the standing orders be suspended. Those of that opinion say aye, to the contrary no.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I want to speak on—

MR SPEAKER: Order! I put the question—that the standing orders be suspended—and nobody rose.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Hargreaves was already on his feet. I thought he was going to speak, Mr Speaker.

MR HARGREAVES: I was, but it is too late.

MR SPEAKER: He didn’t rise.

MR HARGREAVES: I was already up. I couldn’t rise any higher, Mr Speaker; I’m only 180 centimetres tall.

MR SPEAKER: Nobody seemed to want to make a contribution. If you want to start again—

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