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Tuesday, 19 March 1957

Mr SPEAKER - Is the Minister asking for leave to make a statement?

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I do not know that I require leave in this instance. I wish to make a statement to the House touching on the conduct of the business of the House. If leave is required I shall ask for it.

Dr Evatt - I think leave of the House is required. It is for Mr. Speaker, not for the Minister, to decide whether leave is required.

Mr SPEAKER - Is leave granted?

Dr Evatt - No.

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - Then I shall propose a motion.

Motion (by Mr. Harold Holt) put -

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Minister for Labour and National Service from making a ministerial statement.

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