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Friday, 26 May 1939

Mr SPEAKER - Orders of the Day. Presentation of Papers-

Mr Forde - On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, the question has not been answered.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The Acting Leader of the House need not reply to the question.

Mr Forde - Surely the right honorable gentleman should reply to such a very important question?

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member will resume his seat.

Opposition members interjecting,

Mr SPEAKER - These interjections are disorderly. If the Minister says that he did not hear the question-

Mr James - Why not be fair?

Mr SPEAKER - If the honorable member again interjects while I am on my feet I shall name him. If the Minister says that he did not hear the question

Mr James - I rose in my place to ask a question.

Mr SPEAKER - I name the honorable member for Hunter for defying an order of the Chair.

Mr James - If ever I get in the chair and you blink an eye I will put you out.

Mr Hughes - Very much may be said for the honorable member for Hunter. A good deal of confusion and cross firing of interjections has taken place. I feel certain that he does not wish to be disrespectful to the Chair. I appeal to him now to put himself in order.

Mr SPEAKER - The Chair has been, I think, extraordinarily patient with the honorable member for Hunter. The honorable member has defied a ruling of the Chair. I warned him that if he interjected again I should name him.

He did so immediately, and further aggravated his offence by making remarks derogatory to the dignity of the Chair. The Acting Leader of the House may not have heard him, and I feel that I must direct his attention to that aspect of the case.

Mr James - In deference to the Minister, I withdraw.

Mr SPEAKER - It is not a question of withdrawing. The honorable member has been out of order many times, and the Chair has been most patient with him. I warned him that I would not again excuse his disorder. If he apologizes to the Chair now I shall pass this incident over, but I shall accept nothing less than an apology.

Mr James - I apologize.

Mr Rosevear - On a point of order, I understood the Chair to say that if the Acting Leader of the House did not hear the question it could be repeated.

Mr SPEAKER - I said that a Minister was not obliged to give an answer. If the right honorable gentleman had informed the Chair that he did not hear the question asked by the honorable member for Barker (Mr Archie Cameron) it could have been repeated, but he did not , do so.

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