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Wednesday, 14 September 2005
Page: 90

Ms HALL (3:36 PM) —Mr Speaker, I am very mindful of the answer that you just gave to the member for New England. One thing that I would not like to do would be to ever hold the chamber or you in contempt. I do not quite understand what the parameters are that determine the ‘atmosphere’ within the House. Could you clarify that a little bit for me and other members.

The SPEAKER —I thank the member for Shortland. As I have made it clear, the occupier of the chair at the time is the person who has to make that decision. I think all members who have occupied the chair would be well aware that, at times, it is not an easy decision. Nonetheless, I believe that all people who occupy the chair do so in good faith and do so in an endeavour to allow proper debate to occur and to allow all members the opportunity to put their points of view.