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and data centre EIS, you state that the “health impacts” are not considered a “significant risk” or a “very high risk” but rather are relegated to the category of “medium risk”. Minister, why have you made the health risks to Tuggeranong residents such a low priority?

MR BARR: I haven’t, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Is there a supplementary question?

MR STEFANIAK: Thanks, Mr Speaker. Minister, doesn’t your letter confirm Professor Capon’s fear that your EIS process would limit the investigation of the health risks of this project?

MR BARR: No, Mr Speaker.

Chief Minister—suspension

MR PRATT: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, in relation to your being thrown out of the chamber yesterday, you repeatedly stated in the media that you had not heard the Speaker warn you before you were then named by him. But the record shows that at the time you were warned you immediately leapt to your feet and took a point of order. How can you say you did not hear the Speaker—

Mr Corbell: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR PRATT: when you argued with him at the time?

Mr Corbell: Mr Speaker, this is not a question that relates to the Chief Minister’s portfolio responsibilities. It is out of order.

MR SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order.

Mr Pratt: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, this is a question which goes to the heart of the conduct of the Chief Minister and therefore is a relevant question to be asked in this place.

MR SPEAKER: It has to do with the minister’s portfolio responsibilities. It has to have to do with the minister’s responsibilities, and it does not.

Mr Pratt: Gutless.


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

MR SPEAKER: Who was that directed at—at me?

Mr Pratt: No, the opposition.

Mr Stanhope: Mr Pratt just called you gutless, Mr Speaker.

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