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Wednesday, 28 July 1920

Mr JOWETT (Grampians) .- I am deeply grateful to tho honorable member for West Sydney (Mr. Ryan) for his suggestion that I should be allowed to continue my remarks, and thank members for the permission that they have given to me to speak for a few minutes longer. I must apologize for having been a few seconds late.

Mr Considine - A motion was not put to the Committee, and I object therefore to the honorable member addressing it.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - There was no objection offered when I put it to the Committee that the honorable member should be allowed to speak again, and I therefore called upon him to do so.

Mr Considine - You did not put it to the Committee.

Mr Brennan - I rise to a question of privilege. I direct attention to the fact that the meeting of the Committee is taking place under circumstances quite unprecedented in the history of responsible government in this country. Fol the first time within my experience-

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I rise to order. I submit that the honorable member may not rise to a question of privilege when another member is speaking.

Mr Brennan - Is the Minister for the Navy in order. in submitting a point of order when I have risen on a question of privilege?

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.Matters of privilege are for the House to decide. It is the Speaker who controls admission to the galleries.

Mr Brennan - Then, in order that this important matter may be brought under the notice of Mr. Speaker, I move -

That progress be reported.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - Under the standing order, a motion for the reporting of progress cannot be moved more than once within a quarter of an hour.

Motion (by Mr. Considine) negatived -

That the questionbe now put.

Mr JOWETT - I apologize to the Committee for being, perhaps, the innocent cause of all this trouble, and again express my deep gratitude to honorable members for the privilege of being allowed to make a few more remarks.

Mr Considine - You will get a lot of privilege to-night.

Mr Brennan - On a point of order-


That the question be now put.

Mr Brennan - Can that be done when I am stating a point of order?

Mr Wise - Yes, the motion can be proposed at any time.

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