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Thursday, 27 February 1975
Page: 833


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -If I may answer the interjections and as I think we ought to clear this matter up, the House has no authority nor does it have any role in the continuance of the position of Speaker of the House. It is a matter between the Speaker and the Governor-General or the Administrator of the Commonwealth. Therefore, the matter is not resolved by any announcements in this House.


Mr Snedden - I rise on a point of order. The terms of the motion you have ruled out of order. But let me be clear also in repeating the terms to you so that you can understand that the motion was couched in exactly the way that you see the matter, that is:

That the House do now adjourn until such time as the Speaker's resignation has been accepted by the GovernorGeneral which, under the Standing Orders, is necessary, and the Clerk is ready to conduct a ballot to determine his successor.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -The motion is out of order on both grounds. It seeks to adjourn the House. Such a motion can only be moved by a Minister. The other ground is that it pre-empts a situation that the House has no right to anticipate.


Mr Snedden - I move:

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent me moving that the House do now adjourn until such time-


Mr Daly - I move:

That the right honourable member be not further heard.


Mr Nixon - Jackboots again!


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The honourable gentleman cannot move that motion until such time as the House has before it the terms of the original motion. Will the Leader of the Opposition set out his motion? (Mr Snedden proceeding to write out his motion)-


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -If the Leader of the Opposition does not rise, I will call the Leader of the House.


Mr Daly - I move:

That the Leader of the Opposition be not further heard.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -The motion is out of order. I call the Leader of the Opposition. I do not want the motion in writing.







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