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Tuesday, 16 November 1976


Mr SPEAKER -I ask the honourable member for Melbourne to withdraw the remark.


Mr Hayden - I rise to order. The honourable member for Riverina has not made clear to which remark he is referring. There have been many remarks made by the honourable member for Melbourne, none of which I would have thought would have been offensive to the honourable member for Riverina.


Mr SPEAKER - There is no point of order. The honourable member for Oxley will resume his seat forthwith. I am sure that the honourable member for Melbourne is aware of what I am referring to and I call on him to withdraw the remark.


Mr INNES - Mr Speaker,I put it to you: Are you asking me to withdraw the remark?


Mr SPEAKER -I am asking the honourable member to withdraw the offensive remark he directed to the honourable member for Riverina.


Mr INNES -Which remark?


Mr SPEAKER -The honourable member is well aware of it, I am quite sure.


Mr INNES - I am not quite sure. Quite a number of remarks were made.


Mr SPEAKER -The honourable member for Melbourne responded to an interjection by the honourable member for Riverina in a way which was offensive to the honourable member for Riverina. On a point of order, the honourable member for Macarthur asked for its withdrawal.

I ruled that as the honourable member for Riverina had not called for a withdrawal I would not insist on it. The honourable member for Riverina, having learned what the comment was, has now asked for its withdrawal. I do not want to repeat the word. The honourable member for Melbourne is playing games and I am not in any mood to have games played. The honourable member for Melbourne knows that he used an offensive term in relation to the honourable member for Riverina and I ask for its withdrawal.


Mr INNES - I bow to your wisdom and withdraw it.







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