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Wednesday, 18 February 1959

Mr SPEAKER - The suspension of the honorable member for Kingsford-Smith was a decision of the House and therefore is outside my control. May I say, while I am on my feet, that it behoves every honorable member to assist the Chair to uphold the dignity of the Parliament? Occasionally a few honorable members set a very bad standard for the great majority and I appeal to those members of long standing, who are fully aware of what is necessary, to set an example to others, particularly the new members in the chamber.

Mr Calwell - In view of the deafness of the honorable member for Kingsford-Smith - because he is partially deaf - would I be in order in moving, now that the punishment has been inflicted, that the honorable member be permitted to return upon tendering an apology to you, Mr. Speaker?

Mr SPEAKER - It will be necessary for the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to seek leave of the House.

Mr Calwell - I ask for leave of the House to submit a motion concerning the re-admission of the honorable member for Kingsford-Smith. [Leave granted.]

Motion (by Mr. Calwell) - by leave - proposed -

That the honorable member for KingsfordSmith be permitted to resume his seat upon tendering an apology to the Speaker and the House.

Dr Evatt - I second the motion and submit that in the circumstances it would be just to re-admit the honorable member for Kingsford-Smith.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member for Kingsford-Smith will be re-admitted. The House will continue with questions without notice.

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