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Wednesday, 4 April 1973
Page: 1105


Mr DALY (Grayndler) (Minister for Services and Property) - Mr Speaker-


Mr Wentworth - I rise on a point of order. For the suspension of Standing Orders an absolute majority is required.


Mr Malcolm Fraser - Mr Speaker, a point of order-


Mr SPEAKER - The honourable member for Wannon.


Mr Malcolm Fraser - I move:

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent standing order 93 being suspended again during the remainder of the consideration of the Commonwealth Electoral Bill (No. 2).


Mr Speaker


Mr Daly - I rise to a point of order. I had the call. The honourable member took a point of order. I take the point that I am entitled to the call.


Mr SPEAKER - The honourable member for Wannon did not raise a point of order; he moved a motion-


Mr Malcolm Fraser - I have moved a motion, Mr Speaker.


Mr SPEAKER - You asked for a point of order.


Mr Malcolm Fraser - During the course -


Mr DALY -I move:

That the Bill be now read a third time.


Mr SPEAKER - The question is:

That the Bill be now read a third time.


Mr Malcolm Fraser - I rise to a point of order.


Mr DALY - I move:

That the question be now pat.


Mr Malcolm Fraser - Mr Speaker, there was a motion before the Chair which had not been put.


Mr SPEAKER - That is correct. You can move the suspension at any time after the Minister moves the third reading. The question is:

That the question be now put.


Mr Malcolm Fraser - Mr Speaker-


Mr SPEAKER - The question is:

That the Bill be now read a third time.

Those of that opinion say 'Aye', to the contrary'No'.


Mr Malcolm Fraser - On a point of order-


Mr Daly -I have moved that the question be now put.


Mr Malcolm Fraser - Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I moved a motion concerning the suspension of Standing Orders, properly signed and properly-


Mr Daly - Mr Speaker, I have moved that the question be now put.


Mr Malcolm Fraser -I submit that a proper opportunity ought to have been given for that motion to be seconded, argued and put.


Mr SPEAKER - A motion has been moved: 'That the question be put'. I must put that motion without debate. Any honourable member of the House can move it. The question is:

That the question be now put.


Mr Malcolm Fraser - Mr Speaker, if the question for the suspension of Standing Orders is put, are you meaning to rule that there is no opportunity for that motion to be debated in this Parliament?


Mr SPEAKER - The honourable member did not have the call. The question is:

That the question be now put.


Mr Malcolm Fraser - I was on my feet, Mr Speaker. You were looking at me and you called me.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honourable gentleman will resume his seat. The question is:

That the question be now put.

Those of that opinion say 'Aye', to the contrary 'No'. 1 think the Ayes have it. Is a division required?

Opposition members - Yes.


Mr SPEAKER - The House will divide.







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