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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 7 May 2008) . . Page.. 1555 ..

But what the Chief Minister fails to acknowledge is that the median house price for a Canberra house is now over $457,000. So if you are out there buying an average house in Canberra you may well be looking at half a million dollars. But if you want to buy in an inner suburb instead of being sentenced to the end of the world at Banks or up at Amaroo or out at west Dunlop—

Mr Gentleman: That is your electorate.

MR SMYTH: It is my electorate and I will talk about it, Mr Gentleman, because you have not stood up for your electorate.

Members interjecting—

MR SMYTH: It is one of the furthest parts of the city. It is a great place. It is a great place down in Banks. But you do not acknowledge that. If you have a look at the papers there were homes in Banks in the paper on the weekend. The cheapest you can buy in Banks—

Members interjecting—

Mr Stanhope: I raise a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker.

MR SMYTH: Under what standing order, Mr Stanhope?

Mr Stanhope: Mr Deputy Speaker, it is a shocking defamation of all the people of Tuggeranong for Mr Smyth to be calling Tuggeranong the end of the world. He really should respect the people in Tuggeranong and withdraw that dreadful aspersion—

MR SMYTH: You really are hurting on this, aren’t you?

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, resume your seat. Finish your point of order, please, Chief Minister.

Mr Stanhope: My point of order is that I think it is an absolutely outrageous aspersion for the Member for Brindabella to describe his electorate as the ends of the world. That is a bit like—

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, which standing order are you referring to so that I can determine what you are—

Members interjecting—

Mr Stanhope: Well, I think that is an outrageous and offensive reflection on the people of Tuggeranong. I think the member for Brindabella—

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, or I will stand up. Mr Stanhope—

Mr Stanhope: Mr—

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