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Wednesday, 24 July 1946

Mr MENZIES (KOOYONG, VICTORIA) - I desire to ask you a question, Mr. Speaker, or perhaps it may turn out to he a suggestion, about the broadcasting of the proceedings of this House at question time. It must be very difficult for listeners to identify the questioner or the Minister who replies. When a questioner is called the name of his electorate is. mentioned by you in accordance with the Standing Orders. I suggest that, in addition, the name of the member called be mentioned by you, Mr. Speaker, when giving the call to him.

Mr Makin - The name is given by the announcer.

Mr MENZIES - I am aware of that, but frequently his announcement clashes with the beginning of the question and prevents listeners from hearing the opening words. I suggest, Mr. Speaker, that, when giving the call to an honorable member, you say, "Mr. So-and-so, the honorable member for such-and-such a district ". If that were done, the identification of the member who had received " the call would be complete, and the listening audience could -follow the proceedings more clearly. I know that under Standing Order 273 no member may refer to another honorable member by name, but I am also aware that in at least one other House of Parliament which has a similar standing order - I refer to the Parliament of Victoria - it has long been the practice to call a member by name. As the broadcasting of 'the proceedings of the Parliament . has introduced a new element, I suggest that a modification of the Standing Order be considered. If the proceedings are to be broadcast, listeners should be able promptly to identify the questioner and the person who supplies the answer.

Mr James - It would be well also to give the name of the party to which the questioner belongs, as that would enable listeners to keep pace with the frequent changes of the name of the party kd by the right honorable gentleman.

Mr MENZIES - There is something in the suggestion that the name of the party to which the questioner belongs should be given.

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