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Wednesday, 25 March 1987
Page: 1504

Consideration resumed.

The Bill.


The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (Mr Blanchard) —Order! The time allotted for the remainder of the Committee stage of the Bill has expired. The question is: `That clauses 1 to 12 be agreed to'.

Mr Hodgman-I take a point of order, Mr Deputy Chairman. I raise a substantive point of order. An amendment has been circulated in may name relating to the title of the Bill. It is an important point of order because you will see that there are two parts contained therein.


The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN —Order! There is no point of order because the time for the debate has expired.

Mr Hodgman-But you still have the further question, that the title be the title of the Bill.


The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN —Will you please sit down?

Mr Hodgman-Mr Blanchard, please will you hear me? I have had advice on this.


The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN —Please sit down. The time allotted for the debate has expired. The question now is:

That the remainder of the Bill be agreed to and that the Bill be reported without amendment.

A division having been called and the bells being rung-

Mr Hodgman-I take a point of order, Mr Deputy Chairman. An amendment has been circulated in my name in the following terms:

(1) Clause 1, page 1, omit ``Australia Card Act 1986'', substitute ``Moscow Card Act 1987''.

(2) Title, page 1, omit ``to be known as the Australia Card'', substitute ``to be known as the Moscow Card''.

The point of order is that there are two questions. One is in relation to clause 1 and I concede that the time has expired for that question. But there is a specific question which you must put under the Standing Orders that the title be the title of the Bill. That matter has not yet been put. It must be put and at that point my amendment should be called.


The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (Mr Blanchard) —Order! I have listened to the comments of the honourable member for Denison. The time for debate in the Committee stage has expired, and there is no point of order.

Mr Hodgman-I raise a further point of order. The next question to be put is that the title be the title of the Bill. That question has not yet been put and must be put. I ask you to take advice. The advice will be that that is a totally separate question and must be put separately.


The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN —The honourable member is aware that when I put the question that the remainder of the Bill be agreed to, that included the title of the Bill.

Mr Hodgman-Mr Deputy Chairman, with respect, on that basis you have wrongly ruled against the point of order because I was entitled to speak to that question. You have denied me that fundamental right.


The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN —Order! There is no point of order. The honourable member will resume his seat.

Question put.