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Friday, 25 September 1970

Or PATTERSON - I direct a question to you, Mr Speaker. Yesterday in this Parliament I was suspended for the first time in my parliamentary career, a suspension which ] resent particularly in view of the substance of the unaltered Hansard report, which clearly shows that the Minister for the Interior had, I believe Sir, knowingly stated an undisputed untruth. I would add also that a significant number of Liberal and Country Party .members have apologised to me and expressed their regrets. This includes the Prime Minister. Will you give very serious thought in the week-end to enforcing a hard line at question time by implementing action as vested in standing orders and your good office as Speaker of the Parliament of Australia to end this dangerous farce which question time is now degenerating into so rapidly whereby Ministers are blatantly flouting the laws of this Parliament with deliberately prepared questions on explosive issues to the degree that - * - ---- un:nA «*«M9

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