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Thursday, 27 September 1973
Page: 1605

Mr RIORDAN (PHILLIP, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Leader of the House. Has the Minister seen the Press statement by a senator in which he objected to certain statements made yesterday in this House by the Leader of the Opposition? Will he consider taking appropriate steps to ensure that the dignity of this

House is not further damaged by the use of intemperate and intimidatory language? Is it a fact that many members of the Opposition were elected to this House on Australian Democratic Labor Party preferences? Will he give those members of the Opposition who depend so heavily on Democratic Labor Party preferences the opportunity to dissociate themselves publicly as well as privately from the remarks of the Leader of the Opposition?

Mr DALY (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Services and Property) - No one regrets more than I do intemperate language being used in this Parliament.

Mr Sinclair - I rise to a point of order, Mr Speaker. Is the Minister for Services and Property responsible for statements by the Leader of the Opposition? I am sure the Leader of the Opposition would completely dissociate himself from such an association. I submit that the Minister has no responsibility in this.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The point of order is well taken. What was said yesterday by the Leader of the Opposition does not come within the scope of the responsibilities of the Minister for Services and Property. The question is out of order.

Mr Snedden - I rise to a point of order Mr Speaker. I do not want there to be any mistake about to whom the prize for the initial authorship of the statement should go It should go to the Prime Minister, of course. I would not want to rob him of that.

Mr Daly - I also wish to raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. With due respect, the matter in question does come within the scope of my portfolio. I was asked whether a number of honourable members opposite held their seats on Democratic Labor Party preferences. As Minister for Services and Property, I have the responsibility of seeing that elections are conducted properly and of studying the results. I would like to inform the House on that important electoral aspect.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! Now that the Minister has brought up that matter I think he is quite entitled to answer that part of the honourable member's question, but he is not entitled to bring in the part about the wedding ceremony.

Mr DALY - The honourable member for Phillip asked me whether it was a fact that a number of members of the Opposition held their seats on Democratic Labor Party preferences. I can answer that part of his question because 1 have in front of me a copy of Focus' the official journal of the Democratic Labor Party, which states:

In the new Parliament 22 Liberal members and 6 Country Party members hold their seats on Democratic Labor Party preferences.

It lists the following honourable members: The right honourable member for Lowe, the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, the honourable member for Wannon, the honourable member for Ballaarat, the honourable member for Henty, the honourable member for Hotham, the honourable member for Parramatta - that would have been the former honourable member for Parramatta but the new one will probably want them next time - the honourable member for Mackellar, the honourable member for Moreton, the honourable member for Bennelong, the honourable member for Mcpherson, the honourable member for Canning, the honourable member for Moore, the honourable member for Balaclava, the honourable member for Isaacs, the honourable member for Bendigo, the honourable member for Deakin, the honourable member for Ryan, the honourable member for Herbert, the honourable member for Griffith, the honourable member for Petrie, the honourable member for Stirling, the honourable member for Paterson, the honourable member for McMillan, the honourable member for Chisholm, the Deputy Leader of the Australian Country Party and the honourable member for Cowper.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! I ask the Minister to be as brief as possible.

Mr DALY - I will, Mr Speaker. Having said that, I think you should stretch a point, Mr Speaker, and allow them to apologise publicly.

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