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Wednesday, 24 July 1946


Mr SPEAKER -(Hon. J S. Rosevear). -This is a matter to which I have already given considerable attention. As the Leader of the Opposition has said, there is a standing order which requires an honorable member to refer to another member by the name of his electorate. I have studied the origin of this practice, and from what I can discover from May's Parliamentary Practice, it was adopted as a means of maintaining decorum in parliamentary proceedings. It was thought that if members were addressed by their names the practice could easily degenerate into the use of nick-names. At the moment, the announcers are acquainting "themselves with the names of members and their electorates, so that they may be able to give the name of the member called as soon as he has received the call. Considerable improvements in that direction have already been made.


Mr Holt - In the British House of Commons, members are always called by name.


Mr SPEAKER - I think that the honorable member is under a misapprehension. I heard that that practice was in operation there, and I made inquiries. From my study of the Hansard reports of the House of Commons debates, I am convinced that honorable members are not addressed by their names, but by the names of their constituencies. There is some force in the suggestion of the right honorable gentleman, but I think that with a little more

 







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