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Thursday, 5 April 1973
Page: 1143

Mr SPEAKER -I call for ministerial statements by leave.

Mr Fairbairn - Has there been any withdrawal by the Prime Minister of his statement? I, like the honourable member for Boothby, was one who spent some time fighting Hitler's armies or air forces. I believe that this was an extremely offensive remark and there has been no attempt whatsoever to withdraw it.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! I have ruled on this several times. I have said that there is no point of order involved when someone is reflecting on a particular group of members or a party. If an honourable member specifies a particular member, the point of order is well taken.

Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. I bring to your notice a ruling given by you within the last 15 minutes when

I took a point of order during a reply to a question by the Prime Minister. My point of order then was that the Prime Minister had reflected on me personally. You gave a ruling requiring the Prime Minister to withdraw and apologise. Yon announced that ruling to the House. My point of order is that the Prime Minister has not withdrawn and apologised in accordance with your ruling.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! I did not give any ruling. I said distinctly that that is what I did when I was a member of the Opposition. It was not a ruling that I was giving.

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