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entirely appropriate that Mr Smyth be relevant in his remarks and speak to why the amendment should be supported rather than anything to do with my so-called moral fibre, which would appear to be completely irrelevant to the amendment.
MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Gentleman): Thank you, Mr Corbell. You have a point of order, Mrs Dunne?
Mrs Dunne: Yes. On the point of order, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker: yesterday just after question time, the Speaker made a ruling about disruptive points of order. Twice since that ruling was made the manager of government business has conducted himself in a completely disorderly fashion, and that is an example of it.
Mr Corbell: On Mrs Dunne’s point of order: people in glass houses should not throw stones.
MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, do you have a point of order?
Mr Corbell: Yes, I do. Mrs Dunne did not take that point of order in the spirit of the standing orders of this place. She is wasting time and she is attempting to advance a political debate rather than accept that it is entirely legitimate for me to take a point of order when a member is not being relevant.
MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Corbell. Mr Smyth, could you ensure your remarks remain relevant to the amendment that Mrs Dunne has put?
MR SMYTH: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, I am simply addressing the comments that Mr Corbell made on why the amendments should not be considered. It is quite clear that Mr Corbell did not know what went on in the committee, has not read the submissions—
Mr Corbell: Point of order, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker: my activities in the committee have absolutely nothing to do with why the motion of the Assembly should be amended in the terms—
MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! Members of the opposition.
Mr Corbell: My participation or otherwise in the committee has absolutely nothing to do with why these amendments should be agreed to by the Assembly. The amendments deal with whether or not an assistant speaker should instead be called a deputy speaker and so on. That is what is relevant.
MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Corbell. I will just remind members on the point that Mrs Dunne has made—please keep remarks relevant to the debate. Also, there should be fewer repetitious points of order. Mr Smyth, be relevant to the debate at the moment, please.