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Thursday, 13 October 1983
Page: 1703

Mr SCHOLES (Minister for Defence) —On the matter of procedure, it should be drawn to the attention of the House that during the period of the previous Government this matter was raised on a number of occasions and the then Leader of the House opposed it on every occasion. I do not think he can have his cake and eat it, too.

Mr SPEAKER —We are now getting into a debate. I have indicated that the Chair is limited by the powers that the House itself gives the Chair.

Mr Dawkins —Mr Speaker, on this point-I do not want to prolong it-but it is all very well for the Opposition to make claims about the Government abusing Question Time. We had plenty of examples under a former regime, but in any event --

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The Minister will resume his seat.

Mr Dawkins —It would be useful if the Opposition asked some sensible questions.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! I am willing to hear matters of procedure. I am not willing to have a debate.