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Thursday, 19 August 1920

The CHAIRMAN - The practice is that if an honorable member makes a personal remark of an offensive character he shall be called uponto withdraw it ; but in my opinion the remark in question was not intended to be offensive.

Mr Lavelle - In my opinion it was offensive.

The CHAIRMAN - Then I ask the honorable member to withdraw it.

Mr ROBERT COOK (INDI, VICTORIA) - Seeing that the honorable member for Hume (Mr. Parker Moloney) has never committed any breach of the Standing Orders I withdraw the remark with pleasure.

Mr Lavelle - I object to the form of the withdrawal. I ask that the expression be withdrawn without any qualification.

The CHAIRMAN - To what remark does the honorable member refer?

Mr Lavelle - The remark that no one on this side has truly spoken his mind.

The CHAIRMAN - Order ! I have already given any ruling as to that.

Mr Lavelle - I am not satisfied with the withdrawal.

The CHAIRMAN - Order ! The honorable member has already exhausted his time limit.

Mr Lavelle - Then I am surprised at the manner in which the business of the Committee is carried on.

The CHAIRMAN - Order! If the honorable member refuses to obey the ruling of the Chair I shall name him.

Mr Lavelle - You can name me if you like.

The CHAIRMAN - Then I name the honorable member for insulting the Chair.

Mr Lavelle - I am not going to withdraw.

Motion (by Sir Joseph Cook) proposed -

Thatthe honorable member for Calare (Mr. Lavelle) be suspended from the service of the Committee.

Mr Lavelle - I am asking for a withdrawal.

Mr ROBERT COOK (INDI, VICTORIA) - I will willingly withdraw the remark if that will please the honorable member.

The CHAIRMAN - Order! The honorable member has nothing to withdraw.

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