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Friday, 8 May 1970

Mr McMAHON - Sir, I insist on the right of call.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I call the Minister for External Affairs.

Mr Barnard - I rise to order, Mr Deputy Speaker. On what grounds do you now reverse your decision? I stood and you called me. In these circumstances 1 have the right to put the matter that I have before me before the House.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -I have pointed out that it was my responsibility to say who had risen first. In the normal course of events, the Chair calls the member who rises to his feet first. But it is the practice that a Minister has an overriding right, that is, the right to receive the call over other members. When the Minister said that he would press his right for the call then the call went to him.

Mr Barnard - Mr Deputy Speaker, on what standing order are you-

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The Deputy Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat.

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