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Wednesday, 28 June 2000
Page: 18475

Mr RUDD (4:38 PM) —Mr Speaker, today in question time the member for Kingston raised a point of order based on standing order 85. I note that you said that standing order 85 did not relate to question time. If that is the case because it is drawn from that part of the standing orders which deals with matters other than question time, my question to you is: given that the section of the standing orders that deals explicitly with question time does not contain standing orders on questions of offensive language, personal reflections and other matters, such as our requirement to address members by the name of their seat, does that mean that in the future, because those are located in the section of the standing orders in chapter 7 which do not deal with question time, you will not be able to take action in question time on questions of offensive language, members having to be referred to by the name of their seats and personal reflections?

Mr SPEAKER —The member for Griffith might care in the winter recess to read standing order 85 where he will find that there is not specific mention made to one section of the standing orders or the other but to the very obvious fact that standing order 85 refers to debate and that question time is not a debate.