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Thursday, 4 May 1961

The CHAIRMAN - Order! If the honorable member for Wilmot disagrees with my ruling, a certain course is open to him. Even though the bill is dealt with as a whole, honorable members must confine their remarks to the clauses of the bill. This is not an opportunity for honorable members to make second-reading speeches.

Mr Haylen - I rise to order. The historical interpretation of the Standing Orders is that when the committee is considering a bill as a whole too many restrictions should not be placed on an honorable member wishing to deal with the bill. Since the honorable member for Wilmot was prevented from speaking during the secondreading stage, I suggest that it would be an honorable thing to let him have his say now. If he is denied the opportunity to make his speech during the committee stage he will take advantage of the motion for the third reading of the bill.

The CHAIRMAN - Order! There is no substance in the point raised by the honor able member for Parkes. What happened in the House is of no concern to the committee. Honorable members are restricted during the committee stage to a discussion of the clauses of the bill. They may not make second-reading speeches.

Mr DUTHIE - There is still a chance for me to say what I want to say on this bill. I will wait for a few minutes.

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