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Thursday, 18 October 1973
Page: 2385


Mr Cohen - You should not take the money. It is a damned disgrace.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order! The honourable member for the Northern Territory is suspended from the service of the House for 24 hours. The honourable member will join him if he is not careful.


Mr Wentworth - I rise on a point of misrepresentation, Mr Deputy Speaker.


Mr Calder - Mr Deputy Speaker, what I said was very true.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order! If the honourable gentleman does not leave the chamber I will name him again. I think some honourable members are in some doubt about what occurred. I refer them to standing order 306. I do not intend to quote it.


Mr McLeay - I rise on a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I require the honourable member for Robertson to withdraw what he just said.


Mr Cohen - Withdraw what?


Mr McLeay - He called the honourable member for the Northern Territory a damned disgrace. I ask him to withdraw it.


Mr Cohen - I called the whole LiberalCountry Party a damned disgrace.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order! The honourable member will resume his seat, otherwise I will be forced to deal with him. I do not wish to deal with other honourable members.


Mr Bonnett - He will withdraw the remark. You heard him, Mr Deputy Speaker.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The remark is not, as far as I know, unparliamentary.


Mr McLeay - There is still the point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. You heard the point of order.


Mr Morrison - Mr Deputy Speaker, I move:

That the time allotted to the honourable member for Grayndler be extended.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order! Just one moment. There is another matter before the Chair before I deal with that motion. I understand that if an honourable member says that about another member of the House a withdrawal can be asked for. If he says it about a political party - it has always been ruled this way when objections have been take--


Mr McLeay - I rise to a point of order--


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order! I am speaking to the House. If he says it about a political party it has always been ruled that a withdrawal cannot be asked for.


Mr Lynch - I rise on a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. The point that has been made in terms of the point of order is twofold: first of all, that the honourable member for Robertson called the honourable member for the Northern Territory a disgrace.


Mr McLeay - A damned disgrace.


Mr Lynch - A damned disgrace, and the Opposition parties -


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -I am afraid I did not hear that.


Mr Lynch - Secondly, under great provocation I draw to the attention of the Chair the fact that the honourable member for Robertson has been most provocative in this House tonight while out of his place in this House. He was sitting on the front bench.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! If the Deputy Leader of the Opposition had been listening he would be aware that I have already warned the honourable member for Robertson and if he transgresses again I will name him. I call the honourable member for Robertson.


Mr McLeay - Mr Deputy Speaker, I seek your ruling.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Robertson is on his feet and he has the call.


Mr McLeay - Mr Deputy Speaker, if you are saying that an honourable member can call another honourable member a damned disgrace


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - He did not, that I know of.


Mr McLeay - He did, sir. He was sitting on the front bench.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I am in a position to deal only with those matters which I actually hear. I have done that. I have warned the honourable member. I think I have been fair about the whole matter. I ask the House to come to order.


Mr Cohen - I wish to make a very brief statement, with your indulgence, if I may, Mr Deputy Speaker. I was making reference to the fact that the Liberal-Country Party bad only 37 members in the House and that its members have consistently failed to do their duty to their electors.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I think the honourable gentleman will assist the situation if he resumes his seat.


Mr Cohen - That is why I called them a damned disgrace.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -I ask the honourable gentleman to resume his seat.


Mr Wentworth - Mr Deputy Speaker, having been misrepresented, I claim the right to-


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! At the moment there is a question before the Chair. I will give the honourable member the call in a moment. The question is: That the Minister for Services and Property be granted an extension of time. Those of that opinion say 'aye'; to the contrary 'no'. I think the 'ayes' have it.


Mr Lynch - The 'noes' have it.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Is a division required?


Mr McLeay - What is the reason for the extension? Is it to enable a tirade of abuse?


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I have put the question and I have declared it carried. An extension of time is granted. I call the Minister for Services and Property.







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