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Friday, 26 July 1946

Mr SPENDER (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I rise to a point of order. When a motion of want of confidence in the Chair is moved, is it not the practice that those rules which prevent reference to previous debates cease to apply? If the Speaker is himself under censure regarding his present or past conduct, is it not open to any honorable member, when speaking in support of the motion, to refer to any event that has taken place?

Mr SPEAKER - I have never been greatly impressed by the honorable member's knowledge of the Standing Orders or of (parliamentary procedure. The Standing Orders must be obeyed in all circumstances.

Mr FADDEN - .Since you have ruled as you have done, I cannot proceed on the lines which I proposed to follow. However, I desire to emphasize the fact that you quoted only a part of a statement made by .the honorable member for Barker.

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member is now defying the ruling of the Chair.

Mr FADDEN - I have no desire to do so.

Mr SPEAKER - For the guidance of the right honorable .member let me point out that at the present time it- is my decision as Speaker that is under consideration, not anything which was said in the course of a previous debate.

Mr FADDEN - I associate the Aus-" tralian Country party with the protest of the Leader of the Opposition. The Minister for the Navy asked honorable members to play cricket, and he said that it was a tradition in cricket to accept the ruling of the umpire. However, if the umpire wears the blazer of one of the competing teams it makes it more difficult for members of the other team to accept his rulings with confidence.

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