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Friday, 15 May 1942


Mr SPEAKER - Does the honorable member claim that he has been misrepresented ?


Mr Anthony - I understand that the Minister said that a statement made by me last night was untrue.


Mr Barnard - It was perfectly untrue.


Mr Anthony - I ask for the withdrawal of those words.


Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member for Richmond is not making a personal explanation.


Mr Archie Cameron - I rise to a point of order. When the honorable member for Richmond was attempting to make a personal explanation, a statement which he had made was declared by the honorable member for Bass to be untrue.

I ask you, Mr. Speaker, whether that was in order, or whether a certain degree of licence is to be extended to honorable members on the other side of the House. Why did you not request that the statement be withdrawn?


Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member for Richmond was given an opportunity to make a personal explanation. He claimed that he had been misrepresented, but he was doubtful whether he had or not. He seemed to be asking the Minister for War Organization of Industry (Mr. Dedman) whether the statement had been made or not. The honorable member must make up his mind as to whether he has a real grievance.


Mr Archie Cameron - Mr. Speaker, you have not answered the point of order that I raised. When the honorable member for Richmond was attempting to address you, the honorable member for Bass said that a statement made by the honorable member for Richmond was untrue. Was that in order?


Mr SPEAKER - That was not in order.


Mr Archie Cameron - I ask for the withdrawal of the words.


Mr SPEAKER - A request for a withdrawal should be made by the honorable member concerned.


Mr Anthony - I rise to a point of order. I think that you, Mr. Speaker, have misunderstood the position. I rose to make a personal explanation and, when I was in the course of doing so, the honorable member for Bass interjected that what I was saying was perfectly untrue. I then asked that the words be withdrawn; but you caused me to resume my seat before I could proceed with my personal explanation.


Mr SPEAKER - I did not hear any request for a withdrawal of words, nor did I hear the statement attributed to the honorable member for Bass.


Mr Anthony - I now ask that the words be withdrawn.


Mr SPEAKER - Does the honorable member for Bass admit having used the words attributed to him?


Mr Barnard - I do not.


Mr Anthony - I rise to a personal explanation. The Minister for War Organization of Industry, in reply to a question asked by the honorable member for Bass, suggested that I had made a mis-statement last night of the position regarding banks in iba towns of Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Mullumbimby. I said that three banks had been closed in Murwillumbah, and in oases where clients could not get other banks in the town to take over their overdrafts, they had had to go to the nearest branches of the banks that had been closed. The two banks closed were the Union and the National, and their nearest branches to Murwillumbah were at Lismore, which is 60 miles distant, and not at Tweed Heads or at Mullumbimby, which is 19 miles away.

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