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Tuesday, 9 March 1971
Page: 690

Dr MACKAY (Evans) - Am I to take it from the motion that has been moved by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Whitlam) that in the event of any stranger entering this Parliament and making allegations against the whole propriety and conduct of the Parliament from the public or Press galleries this, immediately opens for debate the subject matter on which he chooses to interject and to bring business before this Parliament in such a highly irregular manner? I suggest that this motion is out of order.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member is now casting some aspersions on the Chair. I feel I ought to tell the honourable member that the business before the Chair at the present time was brought in a correct manner and in accordance with the Standing Orders.

Dr MACKAY - I ask you, Mr Speaker, with indulgence to consider that two things have been proposed to you in that: motion. One was to bring to the notice of the Chair this conduct which, in itself, is something quite apart from its subject matter and content of which you and the House should take cognisance. The other was an entirely different matter, the subject matter of the interjection which it is proposed should be open to debate. I suggest they are two entirely different matters and 1 would suggest, with respect, that the former is that to which we should now address ourselves.

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