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Thursday, 24 November 1927


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Mr Watkins (NEWCASTLE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Order! The honorable member for Darling must not use that expression.


Mr Blakeley - If the honorable member for Franklin will withdraw his statement, I shall withdraw mine.


Mr SEABROOK - I ask that the statement of the honorable member for Darling be withdrawn.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.The honorable member for Darling must withdraw the statement that the honorable member for Franklin told a deliberate lie.


Mr Blakeley -i shall, on condition that the honorable member for Franklin withdraws his lie.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.Order! The honorable member for Darling must withdraw his unparliamentary expression. I shall deal with the honorable member for Franklin afterwards.


Mr Blakeley - No. You cannot put that kind of thing over me. I do not mind political misrepresentation, but I object to a deliberate lie.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.I appeal to the honorable member to have regard to the decency and order of our proceedings. If the honorable member will withdraw his unparliamentary expression any misrepresentation of which the honorable member for Franklin has been guilty can be corrected subsequently.


Mr Blakeley - I objectedto the misstatement by the honorable member, but instead of withdrawing, he repeated it.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.The honorable member for Darling must conform to parliamentary usage. The Chair is concerned, not with the dispute between two honorable members, but in the observance of the ordinary rules of conduct and debate.


Mr Blakeley - I appreciate your position, Mr. Temporary Chairman, but one member should not wilfully misrepresent another. The honorable member for Franklin accused me of having stated that Australian workers are inferior to Italians, and therefore the Italians get employment.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.Order ! The honorable member must not make a speech.


Mr Blakeley - I objected to the honorable member's mis-statement, and he immediately repeated it. I then said that his remark was a deliberate lie, and I can do no other than repeat that.


Mr Charlton - I was not in the chamber at the commencement of this incident; but if the facts are as stated by the honorable member for, Darling, the honorable member for Franklin should first be called upon to withdraw his misrepresentation, in accordance with accepted parliamentary practice.


Mr Atkinson - The Temporary Chairman has said that after the unparliamentary expression is withdrawn by the honorable member for Darling, he will call upon the honorable member for Franklin to correct his misrepresentation.


Mr Charlton - The honorable member for Franklin repeated his misstatement after it had been repudiated by the honorable member for Darling. The honorable member for Franklin should have made amends at the time.







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