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Friday, 11 March 1932

Mr GABB (Angas) .- More than 50 per cent, of the speech of the honorable member for Capricornia (Mr. Forde) was party politics. Yesterday, the honorable member for West Sydney (Mr. Beasley) said that I would be comfortable anywhere. While he and his supporters were wasting the time of the House with one division after another, with people outside desperately in need of employment, I was far from comfortable. This morning, the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Scullin) has brought forward this motion in order to get the greater publicity to be obtained in Saturday's newspapers. I make that statement deliberately, for I have been in the caucus room, and know how these formal motions for the adjournment of the House are timed. Mr. Riley. - That is a lie.

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! I ask the honorable -member for Cook (Mr. Riley) to withdraw that statement.

Mr Riley - I do so, but I was provoked by the misstatement of the honorable member for Angas.

Mr SPEAKER - I ask the honorable member for Cook to withdraw unreservedly.

Mr Riley - I withdraw the statement.

Mr Watkins - Is the honorable member for Angas entitled to impute unworthy motives to the Leader of the Opposition ?

Mr SPEAKER - No honorable member is entitled to impute unworthy motives to another. The honorable member for Angas made a certain statement; the Chair cannot know whether it is true or untrue, but if it is not correct any other honorable member may take exception to it when his turn comes to speak.

Mr Blakeley - I take exception to the statement of the honorable member for Angas that the Leader of the Opposition deliberately timed this motion to catch the publicity in the Saturday press.

Mr SPEAKER -As exception has been taken to the statement by the honorable member for Angas, I ask him to withdraw it, but I remind the House that objection to a statement that is re garded as offensive must be taken immediately.

Mr GABB - In deference to you, Mr. Speaker, I withdraw the statement, but from my experience in the party led by the Leader of the Opposition I know that adjournment motions have been deferred until Friday morning for the deliberate purpose of getting greater publicity in the week-end press. The repeated points of order that have been taken during my speech are for the purpose of wasting as much as possible of the ten minutes allowed to me.

Mr Watkins - I object to that impu tation of unworthy motives.

Mr SPEAKER - Because a statement, made by an honorable member is unpleasant, it need not necessarily be withdrawn. So long as the honorable member for Angas (Mr. Gabb) expresses his opinions according to the rules of debate, he will be in order. ' Honorable members who disagree with his statement may contradict him.

Mr HOLLOWAY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) -It is absolutely un true.

Mr GABB - Did you hear that, Mr. Speaker?

Mr SPEAKER - If the honorable member for Angas takes exception to the interjection, I shall ask that it be withdrawn.

Mr GABB - I reply to the honorable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr. Holloway) by saying that I have never been so unfortunate as to speak one way in regard to Theodore half an hour before dinner, and vote the opposite way afterwards.

Mr Holloway - That also is de liberately untrue.

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