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Thursday, 22 July 1920

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon J M Chanter (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) -It will not be in order for the Prime Minister or any other honorable member to deal with any case that is now sub judice.

Mr HUGHES - Long before the last Parliament was dissolved representations were made to me by members of the Labour party that the deportation to which reference has been made should be delayed, and I agreedto that delay in order that every opportunity--

Mr Brennan - I object--

Mr HUGHES - I direct your attention, Mr. DeputySpeaker, to the fact that the honorable member for Batman (Mr. Brennan), who, a moment ago, rose to a point of order, declines to obey that elementary and fundamental rule of the

House that honorable members shall be heard in silence. I do not propose to allow the honorable member to interrupt me. He must be silent while I am speaking, or else leave the chamber. I listened to the representations I have mentioned, and when the new Parliament assembled I was again met by what was, in effect, a round robin pleading that further delay should be granted. I agreed to that. Then it was suggested that the person concerned should have a fair trial before the Solicitor-General. A deputation waited on me urging this course. The members said that they would abide by the decision of the SolicitorGeneral. I agreed to the suggestion. -I agreed to all they asked ; the deportation long agreed upon was delayed, the tribunal asked for was granted; and if I am asked why this which is now done was not done before, my reply is that it was because of the representations of those who asked for delay. To this man consideration has been extended far beyond that extended to any other. The reason, then, why deportations are being carried out now is that they could not be carried out during the war, and the reason why this particular deportation is so delayed is because of the representations to which I have referred, and to which in a moment -of excusable weakness - if honorable members like to put it in that way - I listened.

Mr Lavelle - I rise to a point of order.

Mr Brennan - Let it go.

M-r. Lavelle. - No. It also offends my sensitive ear, and my sense of justice, to hear the Prime Minister being allowed to discuss this particular case when no one. else is permitted to do so.

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