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Wednesday, 17 May 1939

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member for Hunter is offensive and his reflection on the Chair is quite unjustified. He is so frequently offensive in this direction that I am afraid he will never be otherwise.

I have to inform honorable members that I have received-

The honorable member for Hunter is disorderly. He is carrying on an audible conversation while the Speaker is on his feet.

Mr James - I never spoke. You are not telling the truth.

Mr SPEAKER - Honorable members will sympathize with the honorable member for Hunter perhaps if he has been wrongfully accused of disorderly conduct, but the Chair is sure that it made no mistake. It is impossible for the Chair to control this honorable gentleman because of the temper he displays. I shall ignore it on this occasion, but I warn the honorable member that never again shall I do so.

Mr Beasley - I do not think the honorable member made any comment. There was some discussion going on-

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! As the honorable member for "West Sydney (Mr. Beasley) will realize, even if the Chair made a mistake, that does not justify the offensive manner of the honorable member for Hunter.

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