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Wednesday, 21 July 1920

Mr SPEAKER (Hon Sir ' Elliot Johnson (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The honorable member for West Sydney (Mr. Ryan) has given notice of the following motion : -

That the Speaker's ruling - That references to the inquiry before Sir Robert Garran in the Father Jerger case, and to the conduct of the Executive in connexion with that inquiry, are not proper subjects for discussion in Parliament - be disagreed to.

The essential point in the ruling which I gave on Thursday is not mentioned at all in that motion. My ruling was that the case of Father Jerger could not be discussed in Parliament while it was sui judice. I mentioned that fact to the House on Friday in order that the honorable member might have an opportunity to amend it. Perhaps the honorable member wall now ask the House for leave to amend his motion, so that it will state accurately the ruling I gave.

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