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Thursday, 18 February 1932

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member is not justified in reflecting on the proceedings of the House. Every opportunity was given to honorable members to speak to the motion which has just been disposed of. It is the practice that, when nobody rises, the question shall be put to the House. The question was put deliberately.

Mr THORBY - I desire to, make a personal explanation. I was advised by the Government Whip that an honorable member of the Opposition intended to speak next on the motion for the adoption of the Address-in-Reply. A member of this party had spoken, followed by a member of the Government party, so that, in the ordinary course of events, we had a right to expect that the call would go to the Opposition side of the House. I was informed that an exMinister would be the next speaker, and I anticipated that, as such, he would receive the call. I sat down in order to allow him to he called.

Mr Riordan - Was not the honorable member himself a Minister once?

Mr THORBY - Not in this Parliament. I believe that I was misled, and I shall take an opportunity at a later stage of making the remarks I intended to make during the Address-in-Reply debate.

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