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Thursday, 27 February 1975
Page: 826


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -The question is that the Leader of the Opposition be not further heard. Those in favour say aye, to the contrary no.

Opposition members- Disgraceful.


Mr Sinclair - A point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker -


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I ask the House to come to order. I am in a somewhat difficult situation.


Mr Sinclair -Mr Deputy Speaker,under the Standing Orders, in regard to a motion for the suspension of Standing Orders the practice and procedures of this Parliament are that the honourable member who moves that motion should be heard without interruption until the completion of his contribution. In a matter of this order it is not open for the Minister to move the motion he has just submitted to this House. I believe that the Leader of the Opposition should be heard without interruption to the conclusion of his motion.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - I shall rule on the point of order. When I ruled before that the motion of the Leader of the House was not acceptable it was because the motion of the Leader of the Opposition had not been presented to the House. Under the Standing Orders of the House, no motion that the question be now put can be put until it has been moved and seconded and the question proposed from the Chair. But a motion that an honourable member be not further heard can be moved at any time while that honourable member is speaking. That is the question before the Chair which I have put and I have declared for the ayes. So if the members of the Opposition wish a division they should call for it now.


Mr Sinclair - On the point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker, the motion has not yet -


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The motionis that the Leader of the Opposition be not further heard, which is a proper motion in accordance with Standing Orders and can be moved at any time.


Mr Sinclair - Mr D.eputy Speaker,the motion -


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I cannot rule on that again. The motion is that the Leader of the Opposition be not further heard.


Mr Sinclair -The motion has not been seconded.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! That does not make any difference. The motion is that the

Leader of the Opposition be not further heard. The seconder can rise afterwards. I have declared for the ayes.

Opposition members- The noes have it.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Is a division required?

Opposition members- Yes.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The House will divide. Ring the bells.

Question put:

That the Leader of the Opposition be not further heard.







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