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Tuesday, 6 September 1983
Page: 437


Mr HODGMAN(10.58) —On Friday, 1 September a disgraceful incident occurred at Canberra Airport involving the Soviet Ambassador to Australia, Mr Evgeny Samoteikin.


Mr Holding —I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker.


Mr HODGMAN —Who are you covering up for Clyde?


Mr Holding —I am drawing the Speaker's attention to the rules of the House which the honourable member should know. A reflection can be made upon a representative of another nation only by a motion on notice. I refer you, sir, to page 26 of the Standing Orders, and the reference in May's Parliamentary Practice.


Mr HODGMAN —This is a frivolous point of order. The honourable member is covering up for the Soviet Ambassador. I warned the Speaker that he would take this action. He is covering up for the Soviet Ambassador. Shame on him!


Mr Holding —It is time you learnt the rules of the House and stopped acting like a cheap hooligan.


Mr HODGMAN —He ought to be ashamed of himself. Shame! He is covering up.


Mr Holding —I ask the honourable member for Denison to withdraw his remarks. I find them offensive. I am entitled, sir, to bring your attention to the rules of the House.


Mr SPEAKER —I ask the honourable member for Denison to withdraw the remarks.


Mr HODGMAN —Mr Speaker, this is a frivolous point of order.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member will withdraw the remarks.


Mr HODGMAN —I withdraw, but I will deal with the honourable member later.


Mr Holding —Mr Speaker--


Mr HODGMAN —This is what he is covering up for.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member for Denison knows that displaying such signs is not permitted in the House. If he offends again he will be named.

It being 11 p.m., the House stands adjourned until 10.30 a.m. tomorrow.

House adjourned at 11 p.m.