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Tuesday, 2 April 1974

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (Leader of the Opposition) - I move:

That the ruling be dissented from.

Mr Speaker,I move dissent from your ruling in that you have ruled that Hansard should strike from the record of what has been .said in this Parliament the words which I used. I have asked you to state your authority for such a direction to Hansard. I suggest to you, Mr Speaker, that regardless of your words, what you have said will just go into Hansard, namely, that you ordered Hansard to take the words out. But if Hansard is to be a full and correct record those words must stay in. The words I used were these: This is the most shameful act by any government in Australia's history. It is worse than any Tammany Hall effort that has ever been made in the United States.' I heard an interjection: 'Remember Barwick', ls there somebody in this House other than the interjector, who had better identify himself, who says that the appointment of Sir Garfield Barwick as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia was not an appointment accepted by every member of this House and by the whole Australian public as a very fine appointment? I challenge any Minister or member of the Labor Party- (Honourable members interjecting.)

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