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Wednesday, 17 October 1973
Page: 2249

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Scholes (CORIO, VICTORIA) - Order! The honourable member's time has expired.

Motton (by Mr Gorton) proposed:

That the honourable member for Gwydir be granted an extension of time.

Mr Whitlam - I would ask that the House continue sitting until I have concluded my speech - I will be about 5 minutes - because there are engagements which I have to keep this afternoon. I do not mind the honourable gentleman being granted an extension of time in order to finish his speech if I am permitted to make my speech before the luncheon suspension.

Mr Gorton - I have listened to what the Prime Minister has said, but I point out to him that not only the present speaker has rights in this matter. I am second on the list of speakers to take part in the debate and I intend to speak directly after the honourable member for Gwydir.

Mr Whitlam - That would be unusual.

Mr Gorton - Yes. I thought it would be helpful.

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