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Thursday, 7 February 1929

Mr MARKS (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the Prime Minister's request that only questions of urgent public importance should be asked without notice, and his reply to the honorable member for Wannon, I am somewhat in a quandary concerning eighteen or twenty questions which I wish to ask without notice. I should like your direction, Sir, as to who decides whether a question is, or is not, of urgent public importance? Does it rest with the Minister or with the Chair?

Mr SPEAKER - There is no standing order or practice governing the matter. It is at the discretion of a Minister to whom a question is directed to answer it or not, or to ask that it be placed on the notice-paper. In previous Parliaments requests similar to that made by the Prime Minister to-day have been made.

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