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Wednesday, 8 December 1976

Mr SPEAKER - Was the right honourable gentleman quoting from a document?

Mr Malcolm Fraser - Mr Speaker,I was not quoting from a document. I believe it is time that honourable gentlemen opposite ceased these frivolous interjections.

Mr Hayden - Mr Speaker-

Mr SPEAKER - Has the honourable member for Oxley a point of order?

Mr Hayden - Yes, I have a point of order. In view of the comments of the Prime Minister in his answer I ask whether a speech by the Minister for Overseas Trade on 13 September to the Royal Automobile Club of Sydney, in which the Minister expressed concern about the weakness of the Australian exchange rate, can be incorporated in Hansard?

Mr SPEAKER -Order! There is no point of order. The honourable member will resume his seat.

Mr Scholes - I take a point of order. The Prime Minister was clearly quoting from a document. It was quite visible. He has not claimed that the document is confidential. He has passed it off. In fact he has not answered the question which was asked. We ask that the document be tabled in accordance with the Standing Orders. It is not a frivolous point of order. It is the right of the Opposition to ask that the document be tabled.

Mr SPEAKER -There is no point of order. I call the honourable member for Wilmot.

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