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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (25 May 1988)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (25 May 1988)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Wednesday 25 May 1988 Mr BELL: May J speak to the point of order, Mr Speaker? Mr SPEAKER: Order! The Leader of Government Business will cease his interjections. There is a point of order. The honourable member will be asked to withdraw that reference. Mr BELL: Mr Speaker, J did not refer to the Leader of Government Business as a yobbo. I said if he behaved in the manner one would associate with a yob .. Mr SPEAKER: The reference or the innuendo was there. The honourable member must withdraw. Mr BELL: J withdraw unreservedly, Mr Speaker, but I will confess that my patience is being tried rather beyond its limits. Having to listen to the interjections of the Leader of Government Business on top of 10 minutes of nonsense from the Minister for Health and Community Services is a little bit more than I can bear. I suggest to you, Mr Speaker, that the substance of this report and the concerns of the Leader of Government Business about the standing orders of this House, is exemplified by the sort of interjections that we have just heard from him. J suggest to him .. Mr Finch interjecting. Mr BELL: Do you know what the report is about, Fred? Mr Finch: Yes. Mr BELL: What? Mr Finch: I have read it. Mr BELL: Will you be getting up to debate it? Mr Finch: I am rational. Mr BELL: Good. Mr COULTER: Mr Speaker, you have ruled that the member for MacDonnell must refer to members by their titles, and the member for MacDonnell continues to refer to people as Fred, boyo and yobbo. He seems to be treating your ruling with contempt. Mr SPEAKER: J again remind honourable members on both sides that members must be addressed by their correct title and comments must be made through the Chair. Mr BELL: I apologise profusely to the tender soul of the Minister for Transport and Works. Mr SPEAKER: Order! Some members on the government side are being provocative. Mr BELL: I can dispatch this in about 3 minutes, if honourable members on the government benches will give me the time. All honourable members may not be aware that the Standing Orders Committee report refers particularly to the amount of time to be spent in debating the 3343

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