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Tuesday, 1 May 1973
Page: 1482


Mr SPEAKER -I think the Minister for Urban and Regional Development would realise that the Leader of the Opposition has always been given a certain amount of latitude.


Mr Uren - Mr Speaker, I want to know under what Standing Order the Leader of the Opposition is now speaking.


Mr SPEAKER - He is speaking to the presentation of papers.


Mr Snedden - There are a number of documents which have not been tabled, which have not been volunteered by the Prime Minister and which the Prime Minister has been asked many times to table. A particular example is the document which Senator Murphy said he obtained at the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation offices in Canberra but which he could not disclose because of its national security connotation.


Dr Gun - 1 raise a point of order. Mr Speaker, according to your ruling the Leader of the Opposition is speaking to the presentation of papers, ls there any provision in Standing Orders for a member to speak in the House in such circumstances?


Mr SPEAKER - No. I was incorrect in my ruling a moment ago. The Leader of the Opposition is not in order speaking to the presentation of papers. If he wishes to speak I suggest he seek leave of the House.


Mr Snedden - I ask leave of the House.


Mr SPEAKER - ls leave granted?

Government supporters - No.


Mr SPEAKER - Leave is not granted.







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