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Friday, 29 October 1920

Mr SPEAKER (Hon Sir Elliot Johnson - This was a notice of motion on the business-paper for yesterday, and it was partly discussed. It is quite true that the time limit had been reached without any instruction having been given by the House as to the disposal of the motion; but this position has occurred before, and it has been decided by a predecessor in office that motions under discussion at the time fixed for the interruption of debate by the Standing Orders referred to, become Orders of the Day for the next day of sitting. The last occasion upon which this action was taken was in connexion with a motion submitted by the honorable member for Franklin (Mr. Mcwilliams) for the appointment of the Sea- Carriage Select Committee. In that case the motion was under discussion when the time came for the interruption of the debate by standing order No. 119. I observe, by reference to the Votes and Proceedings, Of 25th March, 1920, that-

The time allotted for general business having expired, Government business was called on.

No action was taken by the House on that day; but on the following day the motion appeared on the business-paper as an Order of the Day.

Mr Riley - Was a point of order taken on that occasion?

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