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harassment in any portfolio area that I am responsible for, and I take them seriously. You come forward and show where I have been given a complaint of bullying or harassment and I have not acted. You come—and it is on your heads to prove that I have not acted.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Before we continue, I expect to be able to hear the minister’s answer to the question. Mr Hargreaves, do you have a supplementary?

MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. In the context of workplace bullying, minister, would you like to compare the processes around satisfaction and workplace bullying within your department as opposed to the Liberal Party in this place over the last five years?

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, how many times have I got to take a point of order on this?

MR SPEAKER: The question is out of order.

Mr Hargreaves: Can I have another one, then?

MR SPEAKER: No, you cannot.

Mr Hargreaves: No, a real one—not a supplementary; another one.

MR SPEAKER: Sorry, a question without notice, yes.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I ask that you rule in relation to Mr Hargreaves’s behaviour. It is vexatious. You have ruled on that question probably six or seven times in the last two or three sitting weeks. Every time Mr Hargreaves attempts to ask a question like this, you have ruled that it is out of order. I think it is time that you ruled he is behaving in a vexatious way. I raise this under standing orders 117 and 118 in relation to asking and answering questions.

Mr Hanson: What do you think about it, John? What do you think about that?

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hargreaves has the floor on the point of order.

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, I merely wish, through question time, to draw the parallels between those opposite asking questions about workplace bullying and their own record about workplace bullying. You have ruled me out of order. Mr Speaker, I have accepted your ruling. It is not vexatious. I seek information.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker—

Mr Corbell: What is the point of this, Vicki?

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