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Thursday, 14 May 1942

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! There is a rule of courtesy between the two Houses of the Parliament that neither chamber should take cognizance of references to it made in the other chamber.

Mr BRENNAN - I should like you to inform me, Mr. Speaker, whether your ruling implies that you will not permit an honorable member of this House to ask questions relating to the deliberations or decisions of the Senate?

Mr SPEAKER - The practice has been not to permit in one chamber references to debates, particularly controversial debates, in the other chamber. If such references were allowed they would lead to conflicts between the two branches of the legislature. For that reason, presiding officers have rigidly enforced the rule against permitting members of one chamber to indulge in personal comments upon members of the other. It may be that the honorable gentleman had some cause for bringing the matter before the House, but this Chamber would create a very bad precedent if it allowed the rule to be broken. Standing Order No. 270 reads-

No member shall allude to any debate of the current session in the Senate or to any measure pending therein.

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