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Wednesday, 22 August 1973
Page: 205

Mr SINCLAIR (New England) - I seek leave to make a short statement.

Mr SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection leave is granted.

Mr SINCLAIR - Initially might I commend my colleague-

Mr Whitlam - No.

Mr SINCLAIR - Might I commend my colleague the honourable member for Kooyong (Mr Peacock) on his baptism?

Mr SPEAKER - Order! I am sorry, but leave is not granted.

Mr Peacock - I thought there was an agreement. I was under that impression.

Mr Daly - No, there was no agreement.

Mr Peacock - I was advised that the Deputy Leader of the Australian Country Party would be following me in this debate.

Mr Beazley - Get out of it. If we are going to have a debate the call will go to the other side.

Mr Peacock - Look, we know that the Minister for Education is trying to restrict statements quite apart from the other things he is trying to restrict in the community. I understood that there was an agreement and I seek elucidation of this from the Leader of the House.

Mr Daly - Mt Speaker, there were no arrangements made with me in regard to the number of speakers. In fact, I was not asked. Consequently it was decided that only the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition would ask for leave to make a statement. Consequently there is no arrangement; no arrangement has been made and no arrangements have been broken. That is how the position stands.

Mr Giles - I rise on a point of order. I approached the Government Whip who went down and spoke to the Leader of the House on this precise matter. The answer came back to me through the Government Whip. Certainly the Leader of the House made no submissions or agreements in this regard. But I ask him to play with the truth a little more strictly before he says that he was not questioned about it. That is an entire untruth.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! There is no point of order involved. The matter of arrangements between the Leader of the House or the Whips has nothing to do with the Chair.

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