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Wednesday, 28 July 1920

Mr RYAN (West Sydney) .- There is one word I wish to say on the motion for the adjournment of the House. The Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) this afternoon moved the closure at the end of a long controversial speech. I desire to enter my protest against his action in moving the closure at the end of such a speech, because the adoption of that practice does not give other members of the House any opportunity to reply. Certainly, a very effective reply was given by the vote of the House. I should like to direct attention to the dictum of a Speaker of the House of Commons, on the 12th May, 1893, on a point raised by Lord George Hamilton. The matter is recorded as follows, at page 790, vol. 12, of the 4th series of Parliamentary Debates, 4th May, 1893, to 1st June, 1893: -

Lord G. Hamilton. - I wish, sir, to ask your opinion' as to the manner in which the closure can be moved, not only in Committee, but when the Speaker is in the chair and I wish to ask whether it is in conformity with the spirit of the standing order for an; Minister to preface his motion for the closure by a speech of a highly controversial character and stating, with all the skill of an advocate, the reasons why the closure should be applied?

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