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Friday, 29 October 1920

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! Business of the day. Questions upon notice.

Mr Brennan - I rise to a point of order. I do not quite understand my position. I rose several times for the purpose of asking a question towhich I desired an answer, but I did not get the call. I make no complaint about that; but, greatly to my surprise,when I rose the last time, I understood you to call on the business of the day. I should like you to explain why that was done.

Mr SPEAKER - I had already called on the business of the day when the honorable member rose to ask his question. I direct his attention to the wellestablished rule of Parliament that only questions of an urgent nature, which cannot conveniently go on the businesspaper, should be asked without notice. It cannot be said that any of the questions which have been put this morning are of that character; yet it is now twelve minutes past twelve, and the business on the notice-paper has not yet been reached. In the circumstances, seeing that the House was getting into a very disorderly condition, and that irregular debates were developing under the guise of questions, I told the Clerk to call on the business of the day.

Mr Brennan - I rise to order. I submit that I have a perfect right to state another point of order.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! I have already given my decision, and the honorable member cannot debate it.

Mr Brennan - I rise to a new point of order.

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! I ask the honorable member to discontinue argument with the Chair.

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