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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 22 February 2018) . . Page.. 600 ..

MADAM SPEAKER: I think it is about the noise, the interjections.

Ms Berry: Yes, also the continuous snide and sarcastic comments that have been coming across the chamber. It is completely unacceptable behaviour. The interjections are making it difficult for anybody to hear the minister’s response.

MADAM SPEAKER: I will ask those on the opposition benches to refrain from the interjections. Do you have anything further to add?


MR MILLIGAN: Minister, what legal recourse will be open to businesses to seek compensation for the economic loss resulting from your government’s disregard for their plight and the welfare of their families?

Mr Ramsay: Madam Speaker, on a point of order, I believe that question is asking for a legal opinion, and I believe it is inappropriate.

MADAM SPEAKER: It is indeed, and—

Mrs Dunne: On the point of order, the question is not asking for a legal opinion. The question is asking: is there legal recourse? Because he used the word “legal” in a sentence it does not mean that it is asking for a legal opinion.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you. The advice is that it is out of order under standing order 117(c)(iii).

Mr Hanson interjecting—

Ms Berry: A point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can I just finish?

Ms Berry: I beg your pardon for interrupting your ruling.

MADAM SPEAKER: I have just said that that question was out of order.

Ms Berry: It was about another comment that was called out across the—

MADAM SPEAKER: I did not hear it.

Ms Berry: chamber. Mr Hanson just called out across the chamber that the Attorney-General was a dud. I believe that that is unparliamentary, and he should be made to withdraw.

Mr Coe: Madam Speaker—

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