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Wednesday, 18 February 1959


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member is now giving information. He will ask his question.


Mr CURTIN - I was only-


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member will ask his question.


Mr CURTIN - As the mechanical installations for the harvesting of sugar and the bulk handling of sugar came into use after the retail price of sugar was fixed, will the Minister arrange for the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, or some other authority, to investigate the savings-


Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member will resume his seat.


Mr CURTIN - Well, I want to know what the price of sugar in my electorate


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member will resume his seat.


Mr CURTIN - I want to know what the price of sugar in my electorate should be, having regard to the scientific developments that have occurred.


Mr SPEAKER - Order ! I name the honorable member.


Mr CURTIN - Have not my constituents the right to know why they should pay high prices for sugar?

Motion (by Mr. Menzies) proposed -

That the honorable member for Kingsford-Smith be suspended from the service of the House.


Dr Evatt - But the honorable member has not been named. Did you name the honorable member for Kingsford-Smith, Mr. Speaker?


Mr SPEAKER - Yes.


Dr Evatt - I point out that when he was attempting to ask his question he was subjected to continuous interruption, and honorable members on this side could not hear what you said.







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