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Thursday, 2 June 1949


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable gentleman is not entitled to add anything to his explanation.


Mr GULLETT - "Very well, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but-


Mr Calwell - I rise to order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I ask for the withdrawal of the remark that I made a number of derogatory statements about servicemen during the war.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! That was . not an unparliamentary statement.


Mr Calwell - I seek the guidance of the Chair on my point of order. The honorable member said that I had made derogatory remarks about 'servicemen during the war, and I ask that he withdraw and apologize. The remark is offensive to me.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The Chair's interpretation of the Standing Orders is that an honorable member may only ask for the withdrawal of and an apology for remarks that reflect upon him. The Minister for Information has his redress in this instance by making a personal explanation, but his redress does not extend to the asking for the withdrawal of and apology for remarks of the honorable member for Henty which are not unparliamentary. He may refute the remarks of the honorable member by making a personal explanation, but not otherwise.







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