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Thursday, 24 August 1972
Page: 644

Mr FOSTER - I rise similarly, Mr Speaker,

Mr SPEAKER -Is the honourable member rising on a point of order?

Mr Foster - I am rising on a point of order. I suggest that the Prime Minister should withdraw his statement-

Mr SPEAKER - I cannot hear the honourable member; I cannot understand him. I ask the honourable member to state his point of order.

Mr Foster - The Prime Minister in answer to a question this morning referred to members on this side of the House as being associated with-

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member will resume his seat. There is no substance in the point of order. Points of order were taken at the time.

Mr Foster - I will have another go in a minute.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! There is far too much conversation in the chamber. I am getting tired of appealing to honourable members for their co-operation during the presentation of petitions and immediately question time is over. I think it is becoming a disgrace to the Parliament. It is impossible to hear the Clerk when he is reading petitions. I have made this appeal on 3 days this week. When Ministers rise to present papers it is impossible to hear them speak because of the chatter and display of amusement, in the House. I ask for the co-operation of honourable members; otherwise I will take action in regard to the offending members.

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