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Thursday, 5 April 1973
Page: 1151

Mr SPEAKER - Order! There is no point of order involved. If the honourable member who felt aggrieved had taken the point at the time the word was used it could have been dealt with immediately but the honourable member cannot take a point of order on it now.

Mr Jarman - On a point of order. I did take a point of order on the use of that very word because I found it objectionable.

Mr SPEAKER - There have been so many points of orders and so much noise coming from the Opposition side that it has been most difficult to recognise when a point has been taken.

Mr Jarman - But you did give me the call, Mr Speaker, to make my point of order. I did so and you ruled on it. I still find it objectionable as T did then.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! No point of order is involved.

Mr Sinclair - J seek your guidance, Mr Speaker, on the ruling you have just given. Does it mean that you now negate standing order 1 and that you do not accept Erskine May and the House of Commons practice as a guide to the making of decisions in this place?

Mr SPEAKER -The words used by the Chair in defining whether an expression is parliamentary or unparliamentary are binding and there can be no debate. Debate may ensue only when there is a motion of dissent or to suspend Standing Orders. There is no point of order involved. I call the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation.

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