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Thursday, 29 July 1920

Mr RYAN (West Sydney) .- On previous occasions I have protested against any alteration, in the order of businessunless adequate reasons were given, and I have been told by the Treasurer (Sir Joseph Cook) that it has been the practice of Governments from time immemorial to do as they liked in this matter.

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - I wish they could.

Mr RYAN - We have been told that the Government may alter the order of business without even doing honorable members the courtesy of submitting reasons.

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - I stated that I wanted to proceed with Order of the Day No. 2.

Mr RYAN - Why ?

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - In order to get the Bill up to a certain stage, so that it may be proceeded with on another day.

Mr RYAN - The Minister might have told honorable members that. As the representative for West Sydney I am entitled to know the reasons for any alteration of the order of business.

Mr Mahony - I want to know also.

Mr RYAN - Now that the Minister has given his reason I am prepared to assent to the motion ; but I shall insist on the right of every member of this House to demand the reason for any alteration in the order of business. Honorable members come here prepared to consider proposals and Bills as they appear on the notice-paper for the day, and as a matter of courtesy the Minister should supply reasons when a motion of this nature is submitted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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