Page 2013 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 7 June 2017

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I was responding to the fact that Mr Doszpot was angrily interjecting at me across the chamber and staring at me in a very intense way. That is how Mr Doszpot chooses to conduct himself. I made a flippant comment in response that bears no relationship to circumstances of Mr Doszpot’s personal life.

If anybody took it that way, I withdraw it and I offer my apologies. But it was not intended that way whatsoever. I am very sympathetic to Mr Doszpot’s personal circumstances. I hear the grunts coming from across the chamber. I actually just saw Mr Doszpot on the way down the stairs and asked after how he was going because outside of this chamber that is the—

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Rattenbury and Mrs Jones. Given the interruption to question time and comments and rulings I have made, I think that I would like to remind all members that we are here to serve the public. We come into this place where we have a commitment to be respectful to our community, to be respectful to each other.

Each and every day without fail there are interjections, there are points of order. Whether it is words like “dodgy”, “grubby”, “angry pills”, “hypocrite”, the list is quite extensive. I would ask you all to reflect on how you conduct yourselves. Whoever is sitting in this chair has to make rulings. Sometimes they are agreeable; sometimes they are not. But that is what this role is. The interjections, the nastiness that is witnessed from this space is depressing and disappointing and it does not become any of us.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Pettersson for this sitting due to illness.

Supplementary answer to question without notice


MS BERRY: In response to part of a question I took on notice yesterday about homelessness services, as members will know the ACT has a central intake system and therefore nobody is turned away. Every person who is eligible for homelessness services receives assistance. A number of commitments contained in yesterday’s budget will make a positive impact on the government’s ability to provide these services quickly.


Madam Speaker presented the following paper:

Auditor-General Act, pursuant to subsection 17(5)—Auditor-General’s Report No 4/2017—Performance information in ACT public schools—Corrigendum.

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