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Friday, 31 August 1928

Mr SPEAKER (Hon Sir Littleton Groom (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) - Order! I am afraid that unless the position is put before honorable members clearly at the outset, some difficulty may arise in the course of the debate as to the extent to which reference may be made to the financial agreement. On a former occasion, during the present session, the House debated a bill relating to the financial agreement which is responsible for the introduction of this measure, and our Standing Orders provide that, except with the indulgence of the House, no honorable member shall allude to any debate of the same session, upon a question or bill not being then under discussion. Whatever latitude is now permitted the right honorable the Prime Minister, who, when I intervened, had just expressed a desire to refer to certain aspects of the financial agreement, must be allowed also to other honorable members who take part in the debate.

Mr Charlton - It will be impossible to prevent other honorable members from debating the bill along the same lines.

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