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Thursday, 30 June 1949


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The honorable member moved not long ago that the debate be adjourned and the question was decided in the negative.


Mr FULLER (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The honorable member for Warringah only " blew in " this afternoon.


Mr Spender - The honorable member for Hume should blow out.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member may not move the adjournment of the debate a second time. His previous motion has already been voted upon by the House.


Mr Spender - I desire to take a point of order. My point of order concerns the subject of the adjournment of a debate. Standing Order 288 reads -

A debate may be adjourned either to a later hour of the same day, or to any other day.

You, Mr. Deputy Speaker, have said that I was trifling with the Standing Orders. With great respect, I say that I am seeking to assert my rights. Either the House will refuse these rights or it will not. It is true that I moved a few minutes ago that the debate be adjourned. If your ruling be correct that the adjournment of a debate cannot be moved again, then nobody is entitled, during the same evening, to move that the debate be adjourned. There is no prohibition upon my moving the adjournment of the debate at any particular time. The time is now 10.55 p.m., which I consider is an appropriate time for the debate to be adjourned, and I am entitled to have that motion put to the House. Standing Order 289 says that the member-


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order ! I consider that the honorable member is proceeding with this matter unnecessarily. He has already moved a motion in conformity with the Standing Orders of the ^Parliament. If he were to move a similar motion a few moments afterwards it would be a dilatory motion, and he is not entitled to move such a motion.


Mr Archie Cameron - May I ask a question ?


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - I have al ready given a ruling, and the honorable member is not entitled to ask a question on that matter.


Mr Archie Cameron - I am not asking-


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The honorable member for Wimmera bad the floor.


Mr Archie Cameron - The honorable member for "Wimmera has finished his speech.

Motion (by Mr. Calwell) proposed -

That the debate be now adjourned.


Mr Archie Cameron - I rise to order.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member's point of order is on the same matter upon which I have already given a ruling.


Mr Archie Cameron - It is not. My point of order concerns the Minister for Information (Mr. Calwell), who has just moved the adjournment of the debate. You, Mr. Deputy Speaker, have said that the honorable member for Warringah cannot move a motion, but apparently the Minister is to be allowed to do so. How can it be that one honorable member has not the right to move that the debate be adjourned but that the Minister has the right to do so? May I point out that if the Minister obtains the adjournment, no other member can speak on this matter?


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The Minister has the call and he has moved that the debate be adjourned, and I shall therefore put the question to the House.







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