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Thursday, 14 May 1970

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - The Leader of the Opposition, Mr Whitlam, by pursuing this course, proposes to do 2 things--

Mr Charles Jones - I raise a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. The motion for the suspension of Standing Orders has been put. You have made a decision. The Opposition has asked for a division on your interpretation of the vote and therefore the Minister is not entitled to speak.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Perhaps it is my fault but the question had to be proposed before the Minister could be heard. That is the reason I put it as I did. The Minister was on his feet.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - J rise to a point of order. The vote has been taken and you have declared the result of the vote. In that circumstance, we have now asked for a division. At this stage it is up to you, with due respect to your high office, to order that the bells be rung so that the division can be taken. You cannot permit a debate to be commenced after the taking of a division has started.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - There is no substance in the point of order.

Sitting suspended from 1.1 to 2 p.m.

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