Page 2886 - Week 09 - Thursday, 13 August 2015

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MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please. You are supposed to refer to members opposite by their official titles, not call them amateurs or anything else. I think it is a reflection on the government to call them amateurs; I really do. So will you withdraw that, please.

Mr Hanson: Madam Deputy Speaker, can you allude to under which standing order reflecting on the government is unparliamentary?

Mr Barr: You have been asked to withdraw it.

Mr Hanson: Under what standing order, Madam Speaker? You are asking me to withdraw; I just seek your guidance. Under what standing order is reflecting on the government—

Mr Barr: You have been asked to withdraw. Are you refusing to withdraw? You have been asked to withdraw.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Just withdraw, Mr Hanson, please.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you very much.

Mr Smyth: Sorry, Madam Deputy Speaker—


Mr Smyth: Under standing order 73, could I have a ruling from you on whether imputations can be made against the government—or can they only be made against individuals, which is the practice of this place and most other parliaments?

Mr Barr: It was made against the Speaker.

Mr Smyth: I am asking for a ruling. I am entitled to do it under the standing orders.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I am of the opinion that the reflection was on the whole of the government. They are individuals, and each of them is a member of this government, and I believe the reflection was on them.

Mr Smyth: You are the Deputy Speaker, Madam Deputy Speaker; I respect that. So you are making that as a new ruling under standing order 73?

Mr Corbell: It is not a debate.

Mr Smyth: I am allowed to ask for advice. You should be quiet and stop being so rude.

Mr Corbell: Oh, really.

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