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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 20 August 2009) . . Page.. 3486 ..

Mr Corbell: Madam Assistant Speaker, standing order 55 states:

All imputations of improper motives and all personal reflections on Members shall be considered highly disorderly.

Now, Mr Seselja is making the claim that Mr Barr is deliberately—

MR SESELJA: I did not say “deliberately”.

Mr Corbell: —putting things—

Mr Smyth: He did not say that.

Mr Corbell: that is the clear—

MR SESELJA: He has to answer whether it was deliberate.

Mr Corbell: That is the clear imputation in Mr Seselja’s comments, and that has been the tenor of their argument throughout this debate, that Mr Barr is deliberately making misleading comments in letters to third parties. That is a reflection on Mr Barr. It is the imputation of an improper motive and it is highly disorderly. Mr Seselja must refrain from his continuous assertions throughout this debate in that regard.

MR SESELJA: Madam Assistant Speaker, if we were to accept Mr Corbell’s arguments, we would barely be able to have an argument in this place. We are quite entitled, as members in this place, to make judgements, and that is what we are doing. We are making judgements on the facts. I have steered away from the language that you have mentioned, as you asked me to, and Mr Corbell is now wasting the time of the Assembly. I am quite entitled to draw a conclusion as to what Mr Doszpot said and what Mr Barr said.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, thank you. We have been through this. The advice that I have now is that your comments are out of order. If you want to make those comments, it needs to be in a substantive motion.

MR SESELJA: But which part, Madam Assistant Speaker?

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Your statements that Mr Barr has made untrue statements, that what he is saying is a lie and untrue.

MR SESELJA: Well, I have not said that it is a lie and untrue but—

Mr Corbell: Well, you have said that it is untrue.

MR SESELJA: Look, I have steered away from the language. I will do my best, Madam Assistant Speaker, within that ruling to steer away from the language that you have asked me to avoid.

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