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Wednesday, 20 August 1969

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT - Order! Earlier this evening Senator Branson drew my attention to standing order 406 relating to senators reading their speeches. My ruling at that stage was that courtesy should be extended to the Leader of the Opposition, particularly in the context of speeches in a debate on the Budget. 1 suggest to honourable senators that this is not to be taken as a method of conducting debate in the future.

Senator Byrne - May we take it that your ruling extends also to the Leader of the Australian Democratic Labor Party?

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT - Yes, as the Leader of an acknowledged Party in the Parliament.

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