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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 12 February 2009) . . Page.. 794 ..

I also propose to remove paragraph (9) from the temporary standing order which is not in the New South Wales standing orders and I cannot quite see the purpose of it. We have had either a spectacular display of untrustworthiness or pique from the manager of—

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker: I think that is quite an unparliamentary reflection on my motives, is contrary to the standing orders and is suggesting that I am in some way untrustworthy. It is most disorderly and I would ask you to ask Mrs Dunne to withdraw the comment.

Mr Seselja: On the point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker: Mrs Dunne was halfway through a sentence when Mr Corbell got up. I believe she is arguing in the alternative. She is not making the assertion; she is saying it is going to be one or the other, based on what we know. So there is nothing unparliamentary about untrustworthiness.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): Mrs Dunne, can you continue talking on the substantive issues.

MRS DUNNE: The substantive issue is that the Liberal opposition believes that, if we are going to go down this path, we should go down the path as it is currently laid out, and experience in New South Wales indicates that this is a path we should go down.

I advocated to my colleagues this morning in our party room that we should make it perfectly clear that we should review the operation of this standing order, perhaps in a year’s time, because there may be some necessity for refining it. But at the moment this is new ground for us and I think that we should be going down the well-trodden path and that we should not be going down the duplicitous path or the path mapped out duplicitously by the manager of government business this morning.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker: that is most unparliamentary and she must withdraw that.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Yes. Mrs Dunne, could you withdraw?

MRS DUNNE: I withdraw, but I make the point that the behaviour of the manager of government business this morning indicates that he is either a knave or a fool, and I leave it for the Assembly to determine.


Mr Corbell: Again, she is blatantly ignoring your rulings on these matters that the use of such language is unparliamentary.

MRS DUNNE: Which one, “knave” or “fool”?

Mr Corbell: She should be obliged to withdraw the offensive words, consistent with the standing orders.

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