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Tuesday, 20 September 1960

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Mr Lucock (LYNE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the honorable member for La Trobe to come back to the estimates for the Attorney-General's Department. In the course of the debate on these estimates, mention has been made of the security service, and therefore the honorable member has been in order in referring to that service in an introductory way when discussing the estimates for the Attorney-General's Department. He may not, however, spend his whole time on a discussion of the security service. I suggest it would be better for him to refer to it when we are debating the estimates dealing with miscellaneous services.

Mr JESS - No doubt I am at fault, Mr. Temporary Chairman. I considered that the security service was under the control of the Attorney-General's Department. Could I speak on the subject of the amount being provided for expenditure by the security service?

Mr Wight - On the point of order, Mr. Temporary Chairman,I direct your attention to the fact that at the time when he was interrupted the honorable member was referring to an organization which was established by the Commonwealth and has since become known as the Commonwealth Peace Officer Guard, and which is covered in the estimates for the Attorney-General's Department. I submit, therefore, that the honorable member was in order and that the point of order was not well taken by the honorable member for the Australian Capital Territory (Mr. J. R. Fraser).

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