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Wednesday, 7 August 1946

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - The Chair asked whether it was the pleasure of the committee that the bill be taken as a whole. The committee agreed. The honorable member for Deakin (Mr. Hutchinson) then rose and. asked a question of the Minister. The question was then put and carried.

Mr Anthony - I rise to order. The question was put in such a way-


Mr Anthony -That is air very well, but we are entitled, as members of the committee, to discuss questions that are put from the Chair. A certain amount of conversation was going on when you. sir, put the question and it precluded some of us from hearing you.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - The Chair put the question in a sufficiently loud voice. Honorable members. despite conversation that might have been proceeding, should have understood what was being done. After all it was a normal proceeding. If the honorable member was not giving attention to the business the Chair cannot overcome that.

Mr Anthony - Honorable members cannot hear everything that is going on.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - Order ! The honorable member will not be permitted to canvas the matter.

Mr Anthony - But I am permitted to say this: the purpose of this committee is to discuss a bill clause by clause, but you, sir, put the bill as a whole.

Mr Clark - I rise to order. Is the honorable member in order in disputing the ruling of the Chair?

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.The honorable member is not strictly in order, but the Chair desired to hear his view. Having heard it I shall put the question -

That the bill be reported to the House without amendment.

Mr Spender - I rise to order. I agree that the question that the bill be taken as a whole was put, as I heard it put, but that is not the vital matter. Through some inadvertence - I know that the honorable member for Richmond (Mr. Anthony) was conversing with a colleague on the terms of the bill - the question was put without, his hearing it. Is it not now competent for the bill to be recommitted so that the points which the honorable member desired to raise may be raised ?

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.That can be done only in the House. The position at present is that the bill must be reported to the House. The House may then decide to recommit it.

Mr Anthony - I protest against the bill having been put through the committee as a whole. That is not fair to honorable members who may wish to debate particular clauses.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.The committee agreed to the bill being taken as a whole.

Mr Anthony - It is scandalous if we cannot debate the business putbefore us. It is absolutely scandalous.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.Order! The honorable member may not proceed along those lines.

Mr Anthony -I have been thwarted twice in my efforts to discuss the bill.


Bill reported without amendment.

Motion (by Mr. Scully) proposed -

That the report be adopted.

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