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Thursday, 5 April 1973
Page: 1143

Mr LUCOCK (Lyne) - I move:

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent members of the Opposition from making statements in relation to the remarks of the Prime Minister regarding their association as puppets with people outside this House.

I have not risen to my feet in this discussion today regarding the remarks of the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam) because of the position which I formerly held in the House. I realise the difficulties confronting the Chair when a situation like this arises in the House. Quite frankly, I think that today the Prime Minister has continued to evade, as he did on Tuesday and again yesterday, questions that have been asked by members of the Opposition in relation to a very important matter. I believe that the incident today - the naming of my colleagues, the honourable member for Gippsland (Mr Nixon), the right honourable member for Higgins (Mr Gorton) and the honourable member for Barker (Dr Forbes) - has brought the standing of this Parliament down to a level that I have not seen before.

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