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Wednesday, 30 November 1983
Page: 3029

Mr HODGMAN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That this House accuses the Government of moral cowardice and gutlessness in refusing to call on for debate, General Business notice of motion No. 261 to refer to the House of Representatives Privileges Committee for inquiry and report, serious allegations of threats, harassment, improper pressuring, intimidation and actual blackmail against, and of, Australian Labor Party Members of Parliament, and also because of the recent and sinister allegation of bludgeoning in Caucus, made by the honourable member for Hindmarsh and others.

Mr Cunningham-Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. That notice of motion is a reflection on members of the House. As such I think it is totally out of order.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! It is a notice of a substantive motion. Because the honourable member continued with his notice of motion while a point of order was being raised I regret that I did not hear the latter part of the notice of motion. It will be examined to see whether it is in order.

Mr Hodgman —Mr Speaker, it is notice of a substantive motion. Can I speak to the point of order?

Mr SPEAKER —Order! I have ruled on the point of order. There is no point of order, so the honourable member cannot speak to it.