Reading matters into Hansard which are available on the public record

The PRESIDENT: Minister, are you going to go on very much longer with this?

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: It goes to the question that I was asked.

The PRESIDENT: It may well go to the question, but it’s not necessarily under Erskine May appropriate to read into Hansard matters—

The Hon. K.J. Maher: If you’ve got no opinion of your own, you shouldn’t steal others’.

The PRESIDENT: Leader of the Opposition, I am speaking to a minister. I don’t require your assistance or commentary. It’s not necessarily appropriate to read into Hansard those matters which are otherwise available on the public record. This is a matter that is more strictly enforced in the other chamber, but you have a benign and compassionate President—

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: And we are ever grateful, Mr President.

The PRESIDENT: —most of the time. I have allowed you to go a reasonable distance, but it’s not appropriate to answer questions by just reading in an article from The Australian.

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