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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 July 2010) . . Page.. 3082 ..

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves!

Mr Hargreaves: No, Mr Speaker. That is a reflection on the member and that is not allowed under the standing orders.

MR SPEAKER: Which bit, sorry?

Mr Hargreaves: I require Mr Hanson to withdraw his comment about sobriety.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson, I will have a withdrawal, thank you.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw.

Mr Seselja: Could I ask you to ask Mr Stanhope to withdraw his comments about Mr Hanson?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope.

Mr Stanhope: What precisely should I withdraw, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: I think it is fairly clear, Mr Stanhope—the language around Mr Hanson.

Mr Stanhope: Actually I referred appropriately to Mr Hanson’s behaviour and you have just supported it by asking him to withdraw his unparliamentary language.

MR SPEAKER: And I am asking you—

Mr Stanhope: Out of respect for you, Mr Speaker, I will withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Stanhope.

Mr Stanhope: But really—

MR SPEAKER: No, Mr Stanhope, thank you.

Mr Stanhope: There is a but and we all know what the but is.

Mrs Dunne: I have a separate point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Hargreaves began his preamble by referring to, I presume, members of the opposition as black balaclava-wearing rabble. That is unparliamentary. He can only refer to us by our names or as members of the opposition or by a position we might hold. He may not use that sort of language. It is unparliamentary and I ask you to ask him to withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves: I unreservedly withdraw the accusation that those opposite are the sons and daughters of Peter Reith.

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