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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 13 February 2018) . . Page.. 57 ..

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR BARR: There was a very clear commitment.

Opposition members interjecting

MR BARR: I would be surprised, Madam Speaker, if I could get a word in without the constant interjections from the Muppet Show

Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MR BARR: That gets them on their feet, doesn’t it?


Mrs Dunne: Madam Speaker, the point of order is about—

MADAM SPEAKER: Use of language.

Mrs Dunne: Appropriate language. That will always get me on my feet, whether it is this side or the other side that does it. I would ask that the minister withdraw the comment. There has been a ruling in the past.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, I recognise that you were suffering a serious level of interjection, but I do ask you to withdraw “muppets”.

MR BARR: May I stand on the point of order? The Muppet Show is indeed a much loved children’s television show.

Mrs Dunne: This is frivolous, Madam Speaker. The minister needs to withdraw immediately and without reservation.

MADAM SPEAKER: I understand the rules, Mrs Dunne. Chief Minister, can you withdraw, and without explanation.

MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I withdraw, Madam Speaker.

Mrs Dunne: Perhaps use the adjournment debate—

MR BARR: As I was saying, the Muppet Show is indeed a—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, the Chief Minister was about to get to his answer and you are interjecting again.

Mrs Dunne: I did not interject. Madam Speaker, seeing that you have raised the matter with me, I raised my hands in a questioning way because I still have not heard the Chief Minister withdraw the comment, which you have asked him to do at least twice.

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