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Friday, 8 February 1929


Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member's question is out of order.


Mr ANSTEY - Shall I be in order in addressing a question to the PostmasterGeneral as the most efficient member of the Government?


Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member may address to the PostmasterGeneral a question relating to public affairs with which he is officially connected, but without comment.


Mr ANSTEY - I ask the PostmasterGeneral whether he has seen the published statement that the Prince of Wales has become unpopular with the mine-owners because of his sympathy with the miners?


Mr SPEAKER - Order ! A question addressed to a Minister must relate to the proceedings in the House, or to public business for the administration of which he is responsible.


Mr ANSTEY - Will you allow me, Mr. Speaker, to put my question without calling me to order before I have opened my mouth ? Has the Postmaster-General seen the published statement that the Prince of Wales has become unpopular with the mine-owners, that his report on the conditions in the northern coal areas has been suppressed, and that he has been prohibited from going to the coal-fields in South Wales ? If a motion of sympathy with the Prince of Wales in his tribulations be carried in this chamber, will the Postmaster-General permit it to be transmitted by his department?







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