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Friday, 13 August 1920


Mr MAKIN (Hindmarsh) .- I desire to second the amendment, and ask leave to continue my remarks on a future occasion.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - I object. The Op position oan take the responsibility of throwing out the motion. To do this kind of thing on a Firday afternoon has never before been attempted in the twenty years' history of this Parliament.


Mr Brennan - We are making new precedents.


Mr MAKIN - That is so.


Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - It is the dirtiest thing have seen done in this House.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Honorable members must blame the Prime Minister or it.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - There is such a thing as playing the game.


Mr MAKIN - It Bhould be borne in mind that I gave the Government the opportunity to accept an adjournment of the debate so that I might continue my remarks on a future occasion.


Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - That is too thin. Any one can see what honorable members opposite are up to. It is the dirtiest thing I have seen done in this House.


Mr MAKIN -I desire to voice my opinion on these matters, and I see no reason why, on that account, any honorable member should become incensed.


Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - It is the dirtiest thing I have seen done in this House.


Mr Brennan - I rise to order. I object to the remark made by the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene). Referring to the moving of the amendment, the honorable member said, " It is the dirtiest thing that has ever been done in this House." That I regard as a reflection upon every honorable member on this side who supports the amendment, and I ask that the statement should be withdrawn.


Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - The honorable member is entirely wrong in the inference he has drawn. I used the.wordB he has repeated and I withdraw them, but my intention was not to refer to the moving of the amendment, but to the fact that an honorable member opposite went from one member to another trying to induce them to getup and speak at this hour.


Mr Cunningham - I rise to a point of order. I object to the statement that the honorable member for West . Sydney (Mr. Ryan) went from one honorable member to another on this side trying to get them to speak. That is an entire misstatement.


Mr Considine - I draw attention to the state of the House.


Mr Brennan - I object to the reflection that has been cast upon myself.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon J M Chanter - The Minister for Trade and Customs has complied with the rules of the House, and has withdrawn the statement objected to.


Mr Brennan - The Minister has not apologized for his latest offence. I rise to point out that what I now take exception to is his grossly offensive remark that I have been influenced, and improperly influenced, by the honorable member for West Sydney or any one else in regard to the course of action I am taking. I ask that that gross reflection be withdrawn.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - I ask the Minister for Trade and Customs if he made such a statement to withdraw it.


Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - Of course I withdraw it, but I did not imply that any improper influence had been used. I simply said that influence had been used.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I draw attention to the state of the House.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The honorable member for Barrier (Mr. Considine) has already done so. [Quorum formed.]

Motion (by Sir Joseph Cook) put -

That the question be now put.







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