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Thursday, 20 September 1973
Page: 1324

Mr SNEDDEN - I move:

That the Speaker's ruling be dissented from in that it is open for the honourable member for Sturt to call for the tabling of the whole document and not part only of that document when the Speaker has ruled it should be tabled and not be confined to doing it forthwith, for he cannot know then the implications of part only of that document being tabled.

Today we have had an extraordinary situation. The Minister for Minerals and Energy (Mr Connor) when asked to table a document had a spring clip that clipped a whole group of papers together. He quoted from the document. He was ordered to table it by the Speaker at the insistance of the Opposition. He showed very great reluctance to do so for a considerable period of time and then in a most extraordinary fashion, with total loss of temper, in a fury and a rage, he threw it from the other side of the table. It is not known to us whether he threw it at the Clerk or at the Deputy Leader of the Country Party.

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I take a point of order. I ask you, Mr Speaker, whether it is in order for the right honourable gentleman to give an account of this morning's proceedings when he is taking a point of order and moving dissent from your ruling.

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