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Thursday, 11 November 1948

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The. honorable member must limit his remarks to the measure being debated. He is not entitled to embark upon a general discussion.

Mr SPENDER - With respect, may I ask whether you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, have read the Prime Minister's speech?

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - I have read the bill before the House. I warn the honorable gentleman that he is only entitled to make reasonable and passing references to other matters.

Mr Beale - I rise to order-

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - When the Speaker is on his feet the honorable member for Parramatta (Mr. Beale) should know that he should resume his seat. 1 have given my ruling and the honorable member for Warringah must abide by it.

Mr. Si.ender. ; 1 rise to order. The Prime Minister's speech dealt with the need to increase production, and to help (; re:it, Britain. It stressed that production was the key-note to the problem as did also the budget speech. We are concerned with a bill authorizing a grant of ?10,000,000 to Great i -rita in. I arn seeking to point out the consequences which will follow from the policy that is being pursued by Ausi Iia, in accordance with the arrange.ments revealed in the Prime Minister's speech. Tt is for that purpose 011I3' that I ".11 making these remarks.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - I shall follow the honorable gentleman's speech,

Mid I shall interpret whether he is in order or out of order.

Mr SPENDER - I had not even started to speak about production-

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - I shall rake no cheek from the honorable member.

Mr SPENDER - I am only addressing the Chair.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - If the honorable member does not extend proper courtesy to the Chair, he will not be permitted to continue.

Mr SPENDER - I am observing proper courtesy.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The honorable member will resume his seat. If he does not behave himself I shall name him.

Mr SPENDER - I. am entitled to address myself to the problems before ibis country.


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