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Thursday, 22 October 1931


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - I ask the honorable member to withdraw that remark.


Mr GABB - I withdraw it.


Mr Latham - Substitute " Subservient and servile followers on occasions ".


Mr GABB - Is it in accordance with parliamentary procedure that a Government with the support of its well-trained followers, should suspend the Standing Orders which are framed for the protection of honorable members, to allow of opposed business being introduced late at night?


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Before 11 o'clock last night, the Prime Minister asked for leave to bring on opposed business after 11 o'clock. The honorable member for Angas objecting, the Prime Minister moved the suspension of Standing Order No. 70, to which the House

Agreed. The procedure was quite regular.


Mr GABB - I do not wish to exhaust your patience, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but the rights and privileges of honorable members are most important. I therefore ask you if it is in accordance with parliamentary procedure that such rights should be lost in this chamber of frusta tion?

Honorable Members. - "Withdraw !


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - I remind the honorable member for Angas that he voted for the suspension of Standing Order No. 70 last night.


Mr Gabb - I say that that is an untruth.

Honorable Members. - "Withdraw !


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The honorable member must withdraw that statement and apologize to the Chair.


Mr Gabb - What I said was the truth, "but at your request I withdraw it.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The honorable member for Angas must withdraw the statement unconditionally, and apologize to the Chair. ^


Mr Gabb - To conform with parliamentary procedure, I must do so. I withdraw the statement and apologize to the Chair.







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