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Wednesday, 4 August 1954

Mr HAYLEN (Parkes) - I move-

That the honorable member for Herbert (Mr. Edmonds) do take the chair of this House as Speaker.


Mr Edmonds - I accept nomination.

The time for further proposals having expired, .Mr, HAYLEN (Parkes) [11.11]- Thu side of the House has great pleasure in nominating Mr. Edmonds for the post of Speakership because he is an impartial gentleman with a wide understanding nf the- Standing Orders. He comes from the north of Queensland where the winds of liberality still blow and where he is known as a man who believes that what one is sent to Parliament to say .should be said. His training and .his application to the work of chairmanship in this chamber in the past gives him the right to apply for this post in. this honorable House. I do not .require to say anything else :except to add that, in the past, it has become apparent to all honorable members that the Standing Orders, which have been evolved to .ease and facilitate deliberations in this House have been used as though they were a flail and a knout on honorable members on "both sides of the chamber. Those who have fought in defence of their country are aware of the deadly nature of the .303 rifle and know of its effectiveness in big game hunting, hut in the subtleties of Parliamentary debate such a weapon should he used less frequently, if at .all. In my view, .the feeling of honorable members on both sides of the House should be that we must -return to a free and liberal interpretation of the Standing Orders. ~For that reason I commend to all honorable members sitting in this new Parliament, with fresh minds I hope, the capacity and standard which would be brought to the post of Speaker by the honorable mem'ber for Herbert.

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