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Tuesday, 9 March 1971
Page: 679

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Leader of the Opposition) - Mr Speaker, I wish to move the suspension of Standing Orders. I move:

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the honourable member for Wannon from making forthwith the statement which yesterday he publicly announced he would seek leave to make after questions today.

Sir, Imove this because, as you will appreciate, under the routine of business if certain notices are to be given they have to be given after petitions and before questions. Whether such notice or notices would be given might well depend on what the honourable member for Wannon (Mi Malcolm Fraser) might say and what the Prime Minister (Mr Gorton) might say thereafter, if he did speak thereafter. Also, Sir, the terms of any such notices would be affected by anything which the honourable member for Wannon said and/or anything that the Prime Minister might say. Furthermore, Sir, I should think that everybody would agree that these matters about which the honourable member for Wannon has made statements outside the House are of more immediate importance to the public - more immediately in the minds of honourable members - than the other matters which would normally intervene. Accordingly I have moved the suspension of Standing Orders.

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