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Wednesday, 26 June 2002
Page: 4451


Ms ROXON (3:40 PM) —My question to you, Mr Speaker, is about the conduct of the Deputy Speaker, the member for Page. Today, following a speech I made in the Main Committee regarding child sexual abuse, a personally offensive remark of a sexual nature was made to me by him. Not only was that remark entirely inappropriate and offensive to me but, given the content of my speech, I believe it was also totally demeaning of the important issue that was being debated. As this member is a member of the Speaker's panel, I ask your assistance in advising me what action can be taken on this issue.


The SPEAKER —I will discuss this matter with the member for Page and with the member for Gellibrand.


Mr Leo McLeay —Would you be willing to report back to the House if the Deputy Speaker has made offensive remarks which are—


The SPEAKER —The member for Watson would be aware that I will do what I think is fit.