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allotted speaking time. He has just used the words, “I am about to get to the motion.” You might like to do your job and call him to order.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, thank you for your advice.

Members interjecting—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Members! I do not believe that Mr Gentleman has been off the subject for three-quarters of his time. He has just—

Mr Smyth interjecting—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Smyth! He has only just gone to the issue of the website in response to what Mr Hanson was saying about Labor Party policy—wider policy. He was discussing the Liberal Party’s wider policy. But I would now ask you to go to the matter in hand, Mr Gentleman.

Mr Hanson: Madam Deputy Speaker, on the point of order, he was not talking about Liberal Party policy; he was talking about the Liberal Party website and going through what is on the Liberal Party website—that it calls for donations, it calls for this, it calls for that. It was not anything about policy; it was about the Liberal Party website. He was completely out of order.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Sorry, Mr Hanson. I misunderstood. I thought that the Liberal Party had policy on the website and that was what he was going to. I apologise for that. I was waiting for the policy comment from Mr Gentleman, and Mr Gentleman was going to go to the policy on this particular subject, I believe. Mr Gentleman, would you go to that and not refer to anything else on the website, please. You can start the clock.

MR GENTLEMAN: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am pleased, of course, that Mr Doszpot’s motion today does get some priority over the plastic bag ban on the Liberal Party’s website.

In closing, the ACT government looks forward to a positive future for families and individuals with a disability, including autism spectrum disorders, as the NDIS provides them with the means to fulfil their potential and reach their goals.

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (11.16): Madam Deputy Speaker, I have to say that I am very disappointed at the various attitudes and the responses that we have heard. The motion that is before this Assembly is a very simple and direct motion. I will repeat it for the record. The motion calls on the government to:

(a) develop more effective autism specific diagnostic and support services;

(b) provide more support for non-government organisations that deliver guidance and support for families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosed children; and

(c) provide more targeted education support through the establishment of a school specifically for children diagnosed with ASD, in line with the Canberra Liberals’ 2012 election policy.

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