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Thursday, 27 February 1975
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Mr McMahon - I draw attention to standing order 303(d). We, when on the Opposition side as the House was dividing, watched the conduct of the Prime Minister which was totally disorderly and appeared to be offensive and threatening to you, Mr Speaker.

Opposition members- Hear, hear!

Mr McMahon - It was a degrading performance when done by anyone, and worse when it was by the Prime Minister. Can you tell us whether you are now prepared to take action under standing order 303(d) so far as the Prime Minister is concerned?

Mr SPEAKER - No point of order is involved.

Mr Howard - Is this an example of the famous crash through' technique?

Mr SPEAKER -Order! What the Prime Minister said to me is my own business. If I were to divulge confidences and everything said to me by members on both sides of the House, I could reveal some remarkable things.

Mr McMahon - I again raise this question. This was in the House, a public place, and not in your office.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! There being 55 ayes and 59 noes, the question is resolved in the negative.

Opposition members- Shame!

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