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Monday, 23 February 1987
Page: 569

Mr CUNNINGHAM(11.58) —In Question Time today the House witnessed the expulsion for the fourth time of a member of the Opposition. It would be interesting to see from the records just how often an Opposition has become so disruptive that a member of its front bench has been voted out of the chamber four times in a short parliamentary career.

Mr White —On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker: The honourable member for McMillan is making charges against a member of this House. In view of the ruling you gave when I raised some matters before, and tonight--

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member for McMillan is coming close to the line but at present he has only dealt with matters of fact and until he raises a question about a member he is in order.

Mr CUNNINGHAM —I have lost a bit of my time but in the last minute I have I wish to inform the House that it has also come to my attention, from watching the news media tonight, that that same member upon leaving the House cast strong aspersions against the Speaker.

Mr MacKellar —On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker: I ask that the honourable member withdraw that.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! It is probably not in our best interests if the debate continues along these lines.

Mr CUNNINGHAM —Mr Deputy Speaker, I am just bringing it to your attention so you can inform the Speaker of the House, from your position, that this has occurred so that she will be in a position to take the necessary steps to bring some dignity back to this Parliament, which has been destroyed by the Opposition.

Mr MacKellar —On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker: The honourable member is obviously casting aspersions or imputing improper motives against the honourable member who has been suspended from the service of the House. Under standing order 76 that is disorderly and should not be allowed.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! It being 11 p.m., we can dispense with this matter entirely because the debate is interrupted.

Mr John Brown —Mr Deputy Speaker, I require that the debate be extended.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The debate may continue until 11.10 p.m.