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Thursday, 4 April 1957


Mr SPEAKER - Order!


Mr Turnbull - I rise to order. Questions and statements such as this about Wirth's circus and lion cubs have nothing whatever to do with the business of this House. I submit that they should therefore be ruled out of order.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! I think the honorable member for East Sydney is in order. He is suggesting that the Government was represented at this function.


Mr WARD - If so, does the Minister consider that he is being fair to his party supporters for the leadership in exposing himself to such danger, and does he not consider


Mr McMahon - I rise to order. Under the Standing Orders, questions must relate to the administration of a Minister's department. This is a series of somewhat filthy insinuations, which have nothing to do with departmental administration. 1 believe that the question is a disgrace to this House and I therefore ask that it be ruled out of order.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! I must ask the Minister to withdraw the word " filthy ".


Mr McMahon - I withdraw it.


Mr SPEAKER - I ask the honorable member for East Sydney to bring his question to finality.


Mr WARD - Finally, if so, does the Minister consider-


Mr Wheeler - I rise to order. Is the honorable gentleman in order in pursuing this line?


Mr SPEAKER - The . honorable member is in order.


Mr WARD - Does the Minister consider that he is being fair to his party supporters for the leadership in exposing himself to such dangers, and does he not consider it advisable to leave such hazardous exploits to the honorable member for Mackellar, the honorable member for Moreton, and the honorable member for Bowman, who were to lead the heroic march into Hungary?







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