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Thursday, 18 October 1956


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member for Port Adelaide is correct. Any reference to the litigation would be out of order.


Mr KILLEN - May I put it this way, without contravening the Standing Orders? I understand, by way of rumour - and the rumour has been given a certain amount of backing by newspaper reports - that the Leader of the Opposition has been in touch with one of the parties involved. I, for one, say quite plainly that I find it difficult to believe that the right honorable gentleman, who leads Her Majesty's Opposition in this Parliament, and who is a former jurist, a former President of the General Assembly of the United Nations and a man with great forensic skill, would disturb the elements of propriety in this matter. I hope that the right honorable gentleman will deny that this circumstance has occurred. I hope that if he does deny this rumour, every newspaper which has published his connexion with one of the parties to the matter to which I have referred-


Mr Thompson - I rise to order. Is the honorable member in order in speaking of some report in a newspaper in connexion with the litigation?


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member is not making any reference to the litigation now.


Mr R W HOLT (WANNON, VICTORIA) - I also rise to order You, Mr. Speaker, have ruled previously that any reference to a matter which is sub judice cannot be debated in this House. I understand that the honorable member for Moreton has referred to some communication


Mr SPEAKER - Order! I have already given a ruling on that point and I ask the honorable member not to canvass it. Any reference to the litigation would be out of order.


Mr R W HOLT (WANNON, VICTORIA) - I am submitting-


Mr SPEAKER -Order! I ask the honorable member for Darebin not to canvass my ruling. I ask the honorable member for Moreton not to make any reference to the litigation.


Mr KILLEN - I conclude by asking the right honorable gentleman whether he could resolve the anxiety which attends many people by affirming or denying the rumour.







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