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Thursday, 19 August 1920


Mr SPEAKER - Order. I again ask the honorable member to discuss the Bill.


Mr GABB - I intend to do that. I was merely quoting a statement made by another honorable member in relation to honorable members of this side of the chamber, and which was allowed to pass. In common fairness, I should be allowed to refer to that statement, and comment upon it.


Mr SPEAKER - Order ! Will the honorable member discuss the Bill?


Mr GABB - Mr. Speaker, am I not to be allowed to comment on a statement that has already been made by another honorable member?


Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member must discuss the Bill before the House, and heis entitled to comment on other speeches relevant to the Bill, hut not to digress into extraneous matters.


Mr GABB - Very well; but it seems that a position has arisen whereby one honorable member is entitled to refer to the party to which I have the honour to belong, and that I, as a member of that party, am not to be allowed to reply.


Mr SPEAKER - Order ! I call upon the honorable member for Angas to withdraw that statement, as it is a reflection on the Chair.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Treasurer reflected on the Chair.


Mr GABB - If I have reflected on the Chair, I am prepared to withdraw, hut I understand-


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member must withdraw the remark without qualification.


Mr GABB - I am supporting the amendment made by the honorable member for Hume (Mr. Parker Moloney), because the party to which I belong has always been prepared to do its best in the interests of the primary producers in the Commonwealth, and that is proved by the fact that five new Labour members from rural districts were returned to this House at the last general election. The amendment is in the interests of the butter producers, and I believe that I was interrupted by the Treasurer because I was defending them. I oan quite understand that when I refer to middlemen the representative of a district which consists largely of middlemen would try to embarrass me. It is the desire of Labour members in this chamber to protect the primary producers as far as possible from the interference of those who come between the producer and consumer. As a Labour representative, it is my desireto see that the primary producers obtain the world's parity for any surplus products that may be exported. The members of my party always endeavour to protect the primary producers from the middleman and all those associated with him. In conclusion, I regret that I have not had the same privileges extended to me as have been accorded to other honorable members.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! I call upon the honorable member for Angas (Mr. Gabb) to withdraw that statement, which is. again, a gross reflection on the Chair, and to apologize to the House.


Mr GABB - I desire to remain in the chamber, and-


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member must withdraw without any qualification whatever.


Mr GABB - Yes, I will withdraw.


Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member must aoologize.


Mr GABB - Yes, I apologize.







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