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Thursday, 14 May 1964


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member for Wills will remain silent.


Mr Uren - I warned you last night. You had plenty of time to check.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member for Reid will restrain himself.


Mr Uren - You had plenty of time--


Mr SPEAKER - Order!


Mr SNEDDEN - The basis for my statement was the "Tribune", a Communist newspaper. This is the whole point. Last night when the incident occurred I was saying--


Mr Uren - Why did you not check?


Mr SPEAKER - Order! I warn the honorable member for Reid.


Mr SNEDDEN - I had said two things. First I said that the honorable member for Yarra was there and, by way of interjection, he said, "Yes, I was there". The second thing I said was that the honorable member had spoken at a meeting with Gibson.


Mr Whitlam - You said that he was on a platform with Gibson.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! I ask honorable members not to interject.


Mr SNEDDEN - I said last night, in recounting what I had said at an earlier point of time, that the honorable member bad spoken on the same platform. The basis of my information is this Communist newspaper. Had the honorable member permitted me to go on instead of making his outburst I was about to say that if he contested the accuracy of the statement he had only to make the statement and then it could be shown as a matter of fact whether he did or did not.


Mr Whitlam - Did or did not what?


Mr SNEDDEN - We would then have before us a statement from the honorable member for Yarra that he did or did not.


Mr Whitlam - Did or did not what?


Mr SNEDDEN - Did or did not speak on the same platform as this man Gibson. If the honorable member for Yarra had been prepared to stand up and say, " I did not speak on the same platform ", the next question would have arisen; and that would have been: Did he speak at the same meeting? If the honorable member for Yarra is prepared to go to the point of denying that he spoke from the same platform, the next question is: Did he speak at the same meeting? Last night the honorable member for Reid approached me and said: " You must not say that the honorable member for Yarra spoke from the same platform. This is a terrible thing. What happened was this-- "


Mr Uren - I did not say anything of the sort. He is a liar.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member will withdraw that remark.


Mr Uren - It was an untruth.


Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member for Reid will withdraw the remark.


Mr Uren - I will withdraw it but the thing is why--


Mr SPEAKER - Order! I name the honorable member for Reid.

Motion (by Sir Robert Menzies) put -

That the honorable member be suspended from the service of the House.







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