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Friday, 13 August 1920

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) -How many members are there on the Government side !

Mr Brennan - Twenty-four members are required to carry the motion.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - When I require instructions as to my duty, I shall apply to the proper quarter.

Mr Brennan - And I shall rise to a point of order whenever I desire, no matter how offensive the presiding officer may be.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The honorable member is out of order.

Mr Brennan - So are you.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The honorable member must withdraw that expression.

Mr Brennan - I do; and you ought to apologize.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The honorable member continues to make offensive remarks, and, personally, I am sure the House does not expect me to sit here and permit them. There not being the requisite number of members present, the motion is lost.

Mr MAKIN - I regret very much that the Treasurer (Sir Joseph Cook) should have moved the closure in my case. If there is any honorable member who has endeavoured to conduct himself as he should, without trespassing on the time of the House, it is myself. I resent the fact that the honorable gentleman should have submitted the motion he did.

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - I remind the honorable member that he is not " playing the game." What is being done this afternoon has never been done before.

Mr MAKIN - I have yet to learn that honorable members on either side of the House have not the right to speak, while the House is sitting, so long as they keep within the Standing Orders.

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - Who is disputing your right?

Mr MAKIN - The honorable gentleman is suggesting that I am not " playing the game." I have always endeavoured to " play the game," and will continue to do so.

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - You are not doing so now.

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

There not being a quorum present,

Mr. Deputy Speakeradjourned the House at 5 p.m.

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