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Thursday, 13 October 1955


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order ! I cannot hear the honorable member for Yarra.


Mr KEON - In case you did not hear me above the uproar, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I repeat that I wanted to grieve over the fact that yesterday, according to the historians, for the first time since federation the major part of the Opposition voted-


Mr Edmonds - I rise to a point of order. The honorable member is obviously complaining about the events of a previous day's sitting and is taking advantage of his point of order to say what he had intended to grieve about if he had been given an opportunity.

Honorable Members. - That is not a point of order!


Mr Edmonds - I suggest that you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, must decide whether or not it is a point of order. I submit that the honorable member is not entitled at this stage to discuss his grievance.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - I could not, of course, allow the honorable member for Yarra to develop that subject.


Mr Edmonds - He was well on the way !


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Honorable members were making so much noise that I could not hear clearly what the honorable member for Yarra was saying.


Mr KEON - I am amazed at the attitude of the members of the right honorable member for Barton's party because I thought that they would be only too pleased to take advantage of " Grievance Day " in order to explain their attitude yesterday-


Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I rise to order! Is it, in order for the honorable member for Yarra, at this stage, to refer to a debate that took place in committee?


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - It is not in order for the honorable member for Yarra to go outside the scope of the motion, which is that order of the day No. 1 be postponed.


Mr Pollard - I, also, rice to a point of order. Is it in order for the honorable member for Yarra to refer to the " right honorable member for Barton's party"? There is no such party in this Parliament.


Sir ERIC HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Hear, hear! There is no such party.


Mr Pollard - It is the Australian Labour party.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member for Yarra may proceed.


Mr KEON - I was objecting to the deferment of " Grievance Day " again on this occasion despite the fact that fortnight after fortnight the VicePresident of the Executive Council (Sir Eric Harrison) has deferred " Grievance " Day " with promises that when consideration of the budget and the Estimates had been completed he would give us an opportunity to air our grievances. As evidence of the need for a " Grievance Day " debate, I was about to refer to the happenings in the House yesterday-


Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - In the committee.


Mr KEON - When all members of the Labour party who were present joined with members of the Government parties to gag the debate on the Social Services Bill.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member will confine his remarks to the motion before the House.


Mr KEON - The matter that I have mentioned, which the Chair has ruled I may not discuss, is, I consider, of sufficient importance to warrant our being given an opportunity on " Grievance Day " to discuss it. I believe, also, that it is of sufficient importance to warrant an explanation by the members of the so-called Labour party of their actions yesterday. Therefore, I oppose the motion.







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