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Thursday, 13 October 1955

Mr KEON (Yarra) .- Mr. Deputy Speaker-

Motion (by Mr. McMahon) proposed -

That the business of the day be called on.

Mr Daly - I rise to order. Is the Minister for Health entitled to have an extension of time, and then wave to another Minister to move that the business of the day be called upon, merely to escape criticism "of his incompetence in the matter under discussion?

Sir Earle Page - On the point of order - I took advantage of the extension of time because I had not concluded my remarks. Earlier it had been agreed by the party leaders that after one member from each side had spoken the business of the day should be called upon, and I moved to that effect.

Mr Keon - The statement of the Minister for Health that it had been arranged that there should be only two speakers is not correct. I asked the Vice-President of the Executive Council how many speakers on this matter he would permit. Ho said that he would agree to there being one speaker from the Opposition side, one from the Government side and one from this corner of the chamber. Moreover, you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, called me in accordance with that arrangement, before the Minister for Social Services put his motion. Therefore, I had the call and was entitled to speak.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The Chair must comply with the Standing Orders. When the motion, " That the business of the day be called on " is proposed, I have no alternative but to put it to the House.

Mr Costa - I rise to a point of order-

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The honorable member cannot take a point of order at this stage.

Question put -

That the business of the day be called on.

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