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Thursday, 24 November 1927


Mr BRUCE - Mr. Chairman-


Mr Brennan - I move -

That the Prime Minister be no longer heard.


Mr BRUCE - The time to be devoted to discussion of this portion of the Estimates is in the hands of honorable members opposite.


Mr Makin - I rise to a point of order. The honorable member for Batman (Mr. Brennan) has moved that the Prime Minister be no longer heard, but you, sir, have taken no notice of that motion. I should like to know under what Standing Order you have acted. Surely the motion submitted by the honorable member for Batman should be respected by the Chair?


The CHAIRMAN - Although the Chair repeatedly called upon the honorable member for Batman to cease his disorderly interjections, the honorable member continued to disregard the Chair, whereupon he was named. The Prime Minister was speaking at my request when I named the honorable member for Batman.


Mr McGrath - I move -

That the Prime Minister be no longer heard.


Mr Brennan - If I have been out of order I apologise, Mr. Chairman. I hope that no further action will be taken against me. You, sir, will understand that because of the noise in the chamber it was impossible to hear your rebuke.


The CHAIRMAN - The Chair accepts the apology of the honorable member.


Mr McGrath - I remind you, sir, that I have submitted a motion.


The CHAIRMAN - The business before the committee when the honorable member for Ballarat rose was the naming of the honorable member for Batman. The honorable member for Ballarat, or any other honorable member, wouldnot be in order in moving, in connexion with the naming of another honorable member, that the Prime Minister be no longer heard; but if the Prime Minister were speaking to a substantial motion, the honorable member for Ballarat would be in order in so moving.


Mr BRUCE - I was proceeding to point out to the committee the number of hours that have been occupied-


Mr McGrath - I now move -

That the Prime Minister be no longer heard.







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