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Thursday, 5 April 1973
Page: 1125


Mr Snedden - Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. For the information of the House will you please announce your batting order for throwing people out of the House?


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


Mr Gorton - You are going to have a busy day.


Mr SPEAKER - I have no intention of letting you intimidate the Chair. That is one thing for sure.


Mr Gorton - It is another thing to intimidate us.


Mr Whitlam - Mr Speaker, nobody else takes him seriously; you should not either.


Mr Snedden - Mr Speaker, that is unparliamentary and offensive. Will you name the Prime Minister for that remark?


Mr SPEAKER

Question so resolved in the affirmative.


Mr SPEAKER - The honourable member for Gippsland is suspended from the service of the House for 24 hours.


Mr Snedden - Mr Speaker,I ask you for your ruling whether the words 'The Prime Minister should be ashamed of himself are unparliamentary.


Mr SPEAKER -I have given a ruling that the expression is unparliamentary and I asked that it be withdrawn. If any member of the Government cast the same aspersion on the honourable member I would ask him to withdraw it also.


Mr Snedden - Mr Speaker, I am asking for your ruling as to whether the words 'The Prime Minister should be ashamed of himself are unparliamentary.


Mr SPEAKER - Yes, I believe they are unparliamentary.







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