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Thursday, 14 May 1942

Mr JOHNSON (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Yesterday, an honorable senator made a ruthless attack on me and your ruling, Mr. Speaker, debars me from replying to it in this House.

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member is making a statement.

Mr JOHNSON - I should like your ruling upon the matter. The honorable senator challenged the veracity of a statement that I had made, and your ruling prevents me from replying to him.

Mr SPEAKER - The matter to which the honorable member referred arose last week when this House took the unusual course of giving to the honorable member for Kalgoorlie general leave to make a statement. The right to make a personal explanation is granted by the House almost as a matter of course, but it is not the practice to grant leave to make a general statement in which an honorable member may say what he likes. Tt is competent, however, for the honorable member to ask for leave to make a statement, and for the House to grant such leave.

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