Page 4405 - Week 14 - Thursday, 28 November 2013
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Smyth!
DR BOURKE: The makeup of this Assembly is what the community wanted. That is what they have given us. That is what they have given us, and that is what will be reflected in those reports.
I thought Mr Wall was on the right path in the first part of his speech. I thought he had actually captured the essence of my motion—that each paragraph will be considered, that a question will be put by the chair, that members can then vote on each paragraph. But then he seems to have gone off the track and not really understood the procedure at all. That is disappointing. The essence of what this motion will achieve—
Mr Hanson interjecting—
DR BOURKE: I will have to refine it for you, Mr Hanson; you just do not seem to understand, because you have not bothered to read it.
Mr Wall: Point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Resume your seats. Stop the clock. Point of order?
Mr Wall: I ask that you call Dr Bourke to order and ask him to refer all of his comments through the chair.
Mr Corbell: On the point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Corbell.
Mr Corbell: Madam Deputy Speaker, those opposite have been continually interjecting throughout Dr Bourke’s speech. Dr Bourke makes one response to an interjection and they take a point of order? Give me a break, Madam Deputy Speaker. Madam Deputy Speaker, I ask you to call the opposition to order. Their repeated interjections are disorderly, and if they continue to interject, appropriate action should be taken.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Corbell.
Mr Wall: Just on the point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. It is common practice in this place that a mild level of interjection is able to occur except on special occasions such as valedictory and maiden speeches. It is common practice that the chair is normally mildly lenient as to the amount of interjection that is allowed to happen. However, the chair has been relatively strict in comments being directed through themselves as opposed to directly to other members of the chamber.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I have no idea what you are talking about, Mr Wall. I do not need that kind of advice, which is extremely patronising and confusing.
Mr Smyth: As is Mr Corbell’s.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I do believe I have called Mr Hanson and Mr Smyth to order several times, which you have ignored. I was on the point of