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Thursday, 29 July 1920

Mr CONSIDINE (BARRIER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Are we to understand that it lies within the discretion of Mr. Speaker or Mr. Deputy Speaker to enforce the Standing Orders as they see fit; or are they to be enforced impartially according to the manner in which the position is viewed by Mr. Speaker or Mr. Deputy Speaker?

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Apart from the right of any honorable member to call attention to the presence of strangers, it has been the practice in the past, and is so set forth in the Standing Orders, that Mr. Speaker himself, when he deems it necessary, may have strangers removed. On his own initiative he may order the removal of any number of persons or all of them. He is responsible for the conduct of the House. What was done last night was done in accordance with precedent, and with only one object in view. In the absence of Mr. Speaker, I ask every honorable member in his own interests, as well as in the interest of Parliament as a whole, to observe the new instructions recently issued by Mr. Speaker for the officers of the House to carry out.

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