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Thursday, 14 March 1968

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The level of conversation in the chamber is far too high and it is very difficult to hear the Minister.

Mr Curtin - It is not worth listening to.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Kingsford-Smith will cease interjecting.

Mr Curtin - I cannot hear him.

Mr SPEAKER -If the honourable member for Kingsford-Smith offends again I will deal with him.

Mr Curtin - I rise to order.

Mr SPEAKER -The honourable member will resume his seat.

Dr J F Cairns (YARRA, VICTORIA) - Mr Speaker, I submit that in a case such as this-

Mr SPEAKER - Are you taking a point of order?

Dr J F Cairns (YARRA, VICTORIA) - Yes. I submit that where a point of order has been clearly taken by a member of the House as was done by the honourable member for KingsfordSmith, you should ask what his point of order is.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Kingsford-Smith did not raise a point of order.

Mr Curtin - Yes, I did.

Mr SPEAKER -I am sorry, I did not hear it.

Mr Curtin - My point of order was that I could not hear the Treasurer, and I think I was within my rights in asking him to raise his voice. As you know, Sir, duc to my background as an honorary member of the Boilermakers Society, my hearing is not' the best.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member will not debate the point. 1 uphold the point of order. If the honourable member would assist the Chair in keeping order be would be able to hear quite clearly.

Mr McMAHON - Alteration of sales tax rates usually involves the introduction on nine sales tax bills, and over a period of many years the House has found it convenient for the nine bills to be taken together. Standing order 291 permits these bills to be introduced without notice, but it is necessary to suspend the Standing Orders to enable the bills to be presented and dealt with together. When passed, the motion will remain effective for this session. By moving the motion at this time we will avoid the speculation which could result if a motion were introduced later in the year.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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