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MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Stanhope!
MR STANHOPE: Sorry.
Mrs Dunne: Again, the Chief Minister is revisiting the arguments of this morning. The matter before us at the moment is whether three individuals should be appointed to a committee which we have already established. If the Chief Minister has a problem with that, he could have not moved it or moved an amended appointment or something else. But he cannot go back and rehash the issues of this morning. That is clearly in contravention of the standing orders.
MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, can you stick to the issue of three members that have been—
MR STANHOPE: I will. I will just add one thing I would want to say and I will sit down and we can actually vote on this motion before we adjourn in two minutes time; otherwise we will not be forming this committee today. The claim by the estimates committee on which this privileges committee was established was, quite simply, that—
Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker?
MR STANHOPE: I am discussing a motion to establish a committee. I can discuss the basis on which the committee is being established.
Mrs Dunne: No, no, to appoint people to an already established committee.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, the motion is actually on the membership of the committee, not the remit of the committee.
MR STANHOPE: And that is what I am talking about. I am talking about the inquiry that the committee will conduct.
MR SPEAKER: No, but it is only about the nomination of the members, not about the committee itself.
MR STANHOPE: Okay. I hope that these members, in execution of their duty, will reflect on the statement which Mr Cormack made—“In the light of the above I believe that it is appropriate that you withdraw this allegation”—and I would like to know how those members believe that is a direction when a senior public servant expresses an opinion.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee
Scrutiny report 7
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): I present the following report: