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Censure motion



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R T H O H B. M-SNEDDENuC IM 75/28

4 March 1975

Censure Motion

The Prime Minister today deliberately dodged the major issue before the Parliament - his deliberate intimidation of the Speaker last Thursday constituting both a breach of privilege and an attack on the supremacy of Parliament.

Mr. Whitlam1s failure to face this issue confirms the thrust of the Opposition censure. It confirms the Prime Minister’s

determination to trample on the practices and conventions of

Parliament without hesitation. He has also confirmed that Ahe

authority of the present Speaker will have no basis but his own political whim.

By this failure, Mr. Whitlam reveals that the intimidation of

the Speaker last Thursday was a calculated act of contempt for

the Parliament in the terms of my motion.

Lacking any defence, Mr. Whitlam instead sought refuge in the

kind of street corner abuse and bluster which is becoming

typical of his conception of national leadership.

As the Prime Minister refuses to restore the practices and

authority of the Parliament, I have sought equal time from the

A.B.C. to reply to his recent broadcast on the subject of

Parliamentary conventions.

Canberra, 4 March 1975

MU0 ME!