Page 5820 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 7 December 2011

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I do not think that is unreasonable when we are looking at the person-centredness of these decisions. If the young child does not want to have access to the person in the next room, it is not up to the management of Bimberi to make that happen. That is what I meant—the qualitative nature of that information that I do not think we would have on record. We would have on record the number of times it is used but I do not think we would have on record—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! One moment, Ms Burch. Sit down, thank you. Stop the clocks. Members, I think those sorts of unnecessarily disrespectful jibes across the chamber really diminish the reputation of this place. I have spoken about this before. Mr Hanson, you are now on a warning for being unparliamentary to members across the chamber. I heard the interjection. Mr Seselja went close just before. That sort of personal insult is not welcome in this chamber.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, just a clarification, I am unclear what I said that was a personal insult. If you could explain it to me.

MR SPEAKER: I think it is quite clear, Mr Hanson, but I will spell it out for you if you like. You were mocking Minister Burch in the manner in which she speaks and I do not think that that adds any value to parliamentary discussion. Under standing order 202, I think it is unparliamentary. Minister Burch, you have the floor to continue.

In case it is unclear, I intend to continue this point. I actually think we have reached a point in this chamber where the level of personal derision is entirely past the pale. Those sorts of snide remarks that go on across the chamber all the time—I do not care which side they come from—I will start to crack down hard on because I think we have reached a point that, really, it is only going to get worse as we come up to next October and I am determined to lift the standard of behaviour in this chamber.

Mr Smyth: To the point of order, Mr Barr uses derision all the time. He delights in deriding me whenever he gets up and speaks if I challenge him on anything. He has that prowess. He just spent the entire last answer picking on me. I take it on the chin because that is the nature of the Westminster system. Will you apply the same rule to that side of the chamber that you seem to be applying only to the Canberra Liberals?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, it is a fair observation. You may have noticed that several times during Mr Barr’s answer I actually called him back to the question.

Mr Seselja interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Members, I invite you—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! We are not having a discussion. I have made my point clear. I have heard—

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