Page 4185 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 18 November 2015

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Today I will be supporting Minister Burch’s amendment and I certainly look forward to her update to the Assembly in 2016 on the continued implementation of the ACT arts policy framework.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, do you wish to speak to the amendment and close the debate?

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.33): I wish to speak to the amendment and close the debate, unless Mrs Dunne, a well-known art lover in the ACT, wants to say something; but I suspect not.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Before you do that, I might go back to the point of order that was raised by Mr Gentleman, so that we can deal with that.

MR SMYTH: Yes, certainly.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I reviewed the tape. On that point of order, you clearly did say what Mr Gentleman thought you said, which was that Mr Barr had misled the committee. You clearly said that. I listened to the tape. I would ask you to withdraw that assertion, please.

MR SMYTH: I withdraw.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you very much, Mr Smyth. I am sorry to do that to you.

MR SMYTH: No, that is fine. I will review Hansard when it comes out. It will be fascinating. Mr Rattenbury, thank you very much for your contribution, as always.

Ms Burch: A point of order. I am not quite sure—

MR SMYTH: Can we stop the clock, please.

Ms Burch: I think Mr Smyth may have questioned your decision by referring to the fact that he will look at Hansard to check whether your comments were correct or not. I think that is disrespectful to the chair.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you, Ms Burch. Mr Smyth, could you clarify that statement?

MR SMYTH: Madam Deputy Speaker, I made it abundantly clear. I took your ruling and I withdrew. I said, “I will read Hansard with interest,” or something. So I will read Hansard. If reading Hansard is now an offence then I will be guilty many times.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I am sure that reading Hansard is not an offence, Mr Smyth. I am pleased that you did not mean to call my ruling into question.

MR SMYTH: Absolutely not, Madam Deputy Speaker.

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