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Wednesday, 21 May 1980
Page: 3024


Mr ARMITAGE (Chifley) -By lifting the limit on electoral expenses -

Motion (by Mr Hodges) proposed:

That the question be now put.


Mr Armitage - I take a point of order. Mr Deputy Speaker, I ask you to utilise your discretion to allow this very momentous item of legislation to be discussed properly in this Parliament without the gag being moved.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! There is no point of order.


Mr Armitage - Because the Government Deputy Whip is well aware that I am about to lift the lid on the Government's Watergate-type acitivities


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Chifley will resume his seat.


Mr Armitage - This is an absolute disgrace and a cover up.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Chifley will remain silent.


Mr McVeigh - On a point of order, I ask: For how much longer do we on this side of the Parliament have to put up with that sanctimonious pain in a suitably metaphorical part of his anatomy?


Mr Armitage - I raise a point of order. That is a remark which I take personal objection to. It is contrary to the Standing Orders and I ask you, Mr Deputy Speaker, to make sure that he withdraws it immediately without qualification.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -The honourable member for Chifley has made his point.


Mr Lloyd - On a point of order, I ask: How does he know that he was referring to him?


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The Chair is considering the point of order. In the confusion prevailing in the House the Chair must allow for the possibility that the honourable member for Darling Downs was reflecting on a member of this House who elected to identify himself. On that basis I require the honourable member for Darling Downs to withdraw.


Mr McVeigh - Mr Deputy Speaker,I withdraw.


Mr Armitage - I take a point of order. As I mentioned in the point of order that I took a few moments ago, and, of course, I was about to make some rather dramatic exposures about the Government's activities -


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member will quickly come to bis point of order.


Mr Armitage - I asked you, Mr Deputy Speaker, whether you would use your discretion not to receive the motion that the question be put which will gag one of the most important Bills to come before the Parliament this session.


Honourable members Honourable members interjecting-


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! There is no point of order. Honourable members will assist by remaining silent. The honourable member for Chifley is aware that the Chair does not have the capacity to act in that fashion. The question is: 'That the question be now put'.

A division having been called for and the bells being rungMrArmitage-Jockstrap Neil, sensitive to the slightest swing.


Mr Neil - Mr Deputy Speaker,the honourable member for Port Adelaide made a remark about me which I could not ascertain, but I have been advised by the honourable member for Bendigo that it was an offensive remark. Because of the nature of this type of debate and in case the remark has gone on the record, I ask that it be withdrawn.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The Chanis not aware of the remark having been made. The Chair is not inclined to call for a withdrawal when a statement is based on hearsay.

Question put.







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