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Thursday, 18 April 1985
Page: 1392

Mr SINCLAIR (Leader of the National Party of Australia)(2.34) —Mr Speaker, in the light of the proceedings this afternoon and the two warnings you gave, I suggest that it might be appropriate if the honourable member for Maranoa (Mr Ian Cameron) were given a chance to withdraw the remarks. I believe that the nature of the proceedings is getting to the point where the Opposition is most concerned. Two warnings have been given to an honourable member on this side of the House, with very little notice, and none to the Government, and we are most concerned at the conduct of proceedings.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The Leader of the National Party knows that the traditional procedure is to ask that a member cease to interject, then to warn him, then to name him. Members on both sides of the House have been asked to cease interjecting. I have shown the honourable member for Maranoa considerable tolerance not only today but on other days. I cannot withdraw the naming.

Mr Donald Cameron —Mr Speaker, I take a point of order.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! There can be no point of order on this question.

A division having been called for and the bells being rung-

Mr Donald Cameron —Mr Speaker, may I ask a question with your indulgence? Are you under instructions from the Prime Minister?

Mr SPEAKER —Order! If the honourable member wishes to reflect on the Chair in that manner, he will be dealt with after this matter is dealt with.