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Thursday, 2 May 1957

Mr PETERS (SCULLIN, VICTORIA) - I direct a question to you, Mr. Speaker, in respect of the Standing Orders relating to questions without notice. I direct your attention to Standing Order 144, which reads, in part -

Questions should not ask Ministers -

(a)   for an expression of an opinion;

Continually, during the present session, questions asked of the Minister for External Affairs, in particular, seek a ministerial opinion. They are asked by honorable members who, apparently, value the right honorable gentleman's opinion much more than I do. Are not such questions definitely out of order and a waste of the time of this House?

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