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Thursday, 27 February 1975
Page: 886


Mr SPEAKER -I have to rule that this matter cannot be raised at this time as a matter of privilege. The matter was dealt with by the Chair at the time and by the House by way of a resolution of the House at the time.


Mr SINCLAIR -Speaking to the point of order, it was not dealt with as a matter -of privilege. This is the first occasion on which this matter has been raised before the Parliament as one of privilege.


Mr SPEAKER -The matter was dealt with as a matter of order. I think that if this matter is dealt with as one of privilege, then any interjection or any statement in the House can be so dealt with. I believe the House properly dealt with the matter previously today when the Speaker named an honourable member and the House determined that the honourable member should not be suspended.


Mr Killen - Speaking to the point of order, my submisson to you is that when anything in the nature of a threat is made against a number of people, of whom the office of Speaker is one, that represents prima facie a breach of privilege. This morning the interjection of the Minister for Labor and Immigration was in my respectful opinion a threat in one form or another against the then Speaker of the House. I submit further that there was no adjudication by the then Speaker as to whether that was a matter of privilege. I submit further that there was no ruling by the then Speaker as to whether it was a display of disorder. This is the first appropriate occasion on which any person in the Opposition or any person in the House has had the opportunity of raising it.


Mr SPEAKER -I have to rule against the point of order. As a result of the interjection the Speaker in fact named the honourable member concerned. Therefore, I believe that in naming the person concerned the Speaker did take action.


Mr SINCLAIR - Mr Speaker,on the point of order -


Mr Killen - On another point of order -


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for New England would be in order in moving a motion that the matter be referred to the Privileges Committee but I do not consider that a prima facie case exists.


Mr SINCLAIR

That the behaviour of the Minister for Labor and Immigration during today 's proceedings-


Mr SPEAKER -The honourable gentleman will have to give notice of his intention. I do not consider that a prima facie case exists.


Mr SINCLAIR - Then I give notice of my intention to move:

That the behaviour of the Minister for Labor and Immigration during the course of today's proceedings be referred to the Privileges Committee.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! At this stage of the proceedings of the House the honourable gentleman would have to hand the notice in in the normal way and the time for giving notice is not with us at the moment. I call the Leader of the House.







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