Page 836 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 18 March 2015

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Dr Bourke: Yes.

MADAM SPEAKER: I was about to mention that myself. Mr Doszpot, could you address the chair rather than the Chief Minister.

MR DOSZPOT: With pleasure. Madam Speaker, I am surprised by the number of parts to the amendment, as I mentioned before, and I am surprised by Mr Barr’s endorsement of Mr Gentleman’s amendment. Amendments generally are attempts to silence the opposition. Madam Speaker, that is not going to work this afternoon because it is not the opposition that is being silenced. Our original motion and the calls to action are based totally on the words of, and the consultation that we have had with, the community of Oaks Estate.

It is quite disgraceful that the Minister for Planning, who should know better—and I am surprised—has gone to the extent that he has. He either does not understand the deep issues within the community or he does not care. I will come back to that. All in all, I say: shame on you—

Dr Bourke: Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: That is not a point of order. It is a term of address.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister Gentleman and your colleagues, and shame on Mr Rattenbury, for your treatment of this community that has continued to this day. All members on the other side have demonstrated today that you plan to continue ignoring the voice of the community of Oaks Estate. You have ignored it for 15 years.

Dr Bourke: Madam Speaker, a point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order?

Dr Bourke: Yes. Mr Doszpot continues to refer to the minister as “you”. He is not complying with standing order 42. He is not addressing his remarks to the Speaker.

MR DOSZPOT: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Doszpot. First of all, can I remind members that when someone rises to take a point of order, the member speaking must yield and must sit down. I am sorry; I was distracted by a discussion. I did not hear, but I am assuming, Dr Bourke, that you are not just commenting on another rhetorical turn of phrase. I will remind members of standing order 42 and that they should address the chair and not refer to ministers in the second person.

MR DOSZPOT: Madam Speaker, can I speak on the point of order?

MADAM SPEAKER: You may address the point of order.

MR DOSZPOT: Madam Speaker, I was speaking in general terms; I was not speaking to an individual minister. I said “you on the other side”. It was not to any specific individual.

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