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Thursday, 17 November 1960


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN

Order! The committee will come to order. When the Attorney-General has completed his remarks, the honorable member for Eden-Monaro can make a personal explanation.


Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I have already risen and asked the Attorney-General to withdraw what he knows to be an untruth.


Mr Whitlam - He is a liar.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - 1 call the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to order.


Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is not the AttorneyGeneral man enough to get up and admit when he is wrong?


Mr L R Johnson - I have never seen such rotten behaviour.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN

Order! When the Attorney-General has completed his remarks, the honorable member for Eden-Monaro may make a personal explanation.


Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I rose to ask the Attorney-General to withdraw his statement.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN -

If the honorable gentleman wants to make a personal explanation, he cannot do so during the course of the Attorney-General's speech.


Mr Ward - I rise to a point of order. The practice in this Parliament has been this: If an objectionable term is used by an honorable member, the honorable member against whom it is directed rises immediately and asks for a withdrawal. The Chair should not depart from that practice on this occasion. The Attorney-General used a term that was objectionable to the honorable member for Eden-Monaro and that honorable member is entitled to have a withdrawal immediately.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN -

The matter to which the honorable member for Eden-Monaro referred occurred in debate. In the circumstances, the honorable member may make a personal explanation when the Attorney-General has completed his speech.


Mr Pearce - I rise to order. I agree with what has been said by the honorable member for East Sydney (Mr. Ward), but I found objectionable a statement that was made by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition who said the Attorney-General was a liar. That was unworthy of the Deputy Leader.


Mr Whitlam - I will not withdraw. This truculent runt thinks he can get away with anything.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN

Order! I ask the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to withdraw that remark.


Mr Whitlam - I will not withdraw when the Attorney-General will not withdraw his untruth.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN -

Order!


Mr Whitlam - I withdraw.


Mr Calwell - Mr. Temporary Chairman, in view of the fact that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition has been asked to withdraw a remark which was objectionable and did withdraw it, I ask the Attorney-General to withdraw his statement.







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