Page 2468 - Week 08 - Tuesday, 9 August 2016

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Mrs Jones interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mrs Jones! You have asked your question.

MR CORBELL: The bushfire abatement zones are not for operational response. That is not their purpose or function.

Mrs Jones: On a point of order—

MADAM SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please.

Mrs Jones: In my question, and it goes to relevance, I asked why the bushfire abatement zones are no longer allowed to be used for fighting backfires. I did not ask why they were still involved in the planning process, but why they were not being allowed to be used in fighting backfires, because there has been a change, apparently. That was the point that I asked about and that I was hoping Minister Corbell would answer.

Mr Corbell interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Corbell! This is not a conversation across the chamber.

Mr Corbell interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Do not answer me back, Mr Corbell. Mrs Jones asked a question about the bushfire abatement zones in relation to bushfire fighting. They are the notes that I made here when she asked the question.

MR CORBELL: Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Corbell. I will call you in a moment. I will uphold the point of order that you need to be directly relevant to her question in relation to that.

MR CORBELL: On the point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: I would invite you, Madam Speaker, to review the transcript of my answer in the immediate moments before Mrs Jones took a point of order, because I said very clearly that we have not abandoned the use of bushfire abatement zones, and I said further that the use of bushfire abatement zones is not for operational response. Tell me in what part of my answer, Madam Speaker, am I not being relevant to Mrs Jones’s question?

Mrs Jones: On the point of order—

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