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Tuesday, 22 February 1977


Mr SPEAKER -Is it relevant to the same point?


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Yes. I was outside the locked door with the honourable member for Wakefield (Mr Kelly). Neither of us was able to get into the chamber. It was not our fault. I just want that recorded, too.


Mr SPEAKER - I note the points made by the honourable member for Wakefield and the honourable member for Hindmarsh but I would just draw attention to one fundamental point. The honourable member for Wakefield said that he was not in the chamber when the voting occurred. The fact is that the voting occurred before that event. The Bill was carried on the voices and the probability is, although I have no direct recollection, that the honourable member for Wakefield and the honourable member for Hindmarsh were actually in the chamber and voted when the Bill was carried on the voices. The next step in the procedure was to record that there was an absolute majority. So the locking of the doors was for the purpose of enabling those persons appointed to record the names to do so without interference from people moving in and out of the chamber. As to whether or not an honourable member voted would be a question of whether he was in the chamber when the Bill was carried on the voices.







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