Page 1296 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 25 March 2009

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Mrs Dunne: Relevance, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope—

MR STANHOPE: This is a long period without a leadership challenge within the Liberal Party. We are not quite sure how much longer—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, the question.

MR STANHOPE: As we have commented previously, and without any wish or desire to be personal, Mr Smyth remains the only member of the Assembly now to have lost three elections in a row.

Mrs Dunne: A point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, resume your seat, thank you.

MR STANHOPE: He qualifies as the biggest loser.

MR SPEAKER: Resume your seat. There is a point of order. Stop the clock please, Clerk.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I asked a specific question about a sign that the department of territory and urban services was proposing to build, and so far, after two minutes, the Chief Minister has not even addressed the issue of the sign—not even attempted to.

MR STANHOPE: I’ve addressed other signs that we are seeing.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The point of order is upheld. Chief Minister, I think your comments about the Liberal Party’s internal matters are not relevant to the question asked.

MR STANHOPE: They are interesting, though.

MR SPEAKER: They are, however, not relevant, Mr Stanhope.

Mrs Dunne: Say it in the adjournment debate, Jon. Answer the question now.

MR STANHOPE: Mrs Dunne, we know that it has not escaped your observance that Mr Smyth has now, as leader and deputy leader, lost three elections in a row. You can’t put up with that forever.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, please!

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, are you going to come to the question or are we going to escalate this?

MR STANHOPE: No, I am going to answer it, fully, as always.

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