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Friday, 13 August 1920

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon J M Chanter (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Order! These interjections and exchanges between honorable members must cease.

Mr RYAN - I am here by the will of the electors of West Svdney, whom the right honorable gentleman himself used to represent. But he ran. away from them.

Mr Hughes - Yes, and what did you do with Wallace?

Mr RYAN - It is in the interests of the electors of West Sydney that I am demanding to know all about these mandates, and about these measures generally in regard to which leave for their introduction is being sought. I hope other honorable members also will want to know the reasons for the action of Ministers at this stage. The Government cannot have matters just as they want them. The Prime Minister cannot brow-beat any honorable member who stands up for the rights of his constituents.

Mr Hughes - Bah !

Mr RYAN - The Prime Minister may' blow himself out and puff himself up; but that makes me only the more determined to insist upon my rights.

Mr Hughes - The honorable member wants to let the people know he is' here before he goes away for another month.

Mr RYAN - The right honorable gentleman now makes' a suggestion that I was away from this House when I was not entitled to be away. I was absent last week for health reasons.

Mr Hughes - Oh!

Mr RYAN - I was suffering from a cold.

Mr Hughes - Yes; I noted the remedy which the honorable member took for his ill-health.

Mr RYAN - Whatever the right honorable gentleman noted, I want him or some other Minister, to explain the provisions of the Bill under reference. It may be that I shall see fit to move an amendment which will broaden the leave or curtail it. I hope that some other Minister, if not the Prime Minister, will state reasons why the proposed order of leave should be given. I have no objection to it being given without notice, but I have not waived my right to hear the reasons why the Prime Minister should seek leave to introduce the Bill.

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