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Thursday, 18 October 1973
Page: 2393

Mr ARMITAGE (Chifley) - I rise tonight to refer to the disgraceful behaviour of the Opposition in this Parliament tonight and throughout the last week.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Scholes}Order! I suggest that the honourable gentleman not debate the subject matter of the debate that took place here earlier in the evening. I think it would be in the best interests of the House if he did not amplify that matter too much.

Mr ARMITAGE - I think the most important thing for us to draw attention to at this stage - I will not simply make a political speech; I am trying to make a sincere appeal to members of the Opposition to treat this Parliament with the respect that it deserves -

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I rise on a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. The honourable member for Chifley is disregarding your advice. Let us face it: It takes two to tango.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I remind the honourable gentleman that the remarks I made were in the nature of a suggestion for moderation, and I would have thought that the remarks of the honourable member for Chifley were rather moderate. I call the honourable member for Chifley.

Mr ARMITAGE - Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. Incidentally, I hope that we are not being threatened from the other side.

Mr Daly - The Deputy Leader of the Opposition has threatened us.

Mr ARMITAGE - I think that is a very frightful thing which causes-

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I suggest that the honourable gentleman address his remarks to the Chair and ignore any remarks made by any other honourable members. If he wants to say anything he bad better say it fairly quickly.

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - He had better say it next week. It is 1 1 o'clock.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! One of the things I can do is tell the time. I do not need the honourable member's advice on that, thank you. I call the honourable member for Chifley.

Mr ARMITAGE - I refer to the fact that we have had some very disgraceful exhibitions in this Parliament tonight.

Mr McLeay - I rise on a point of order. The disgraceful exhibitions which took place tonight-

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I will deal with the honourable member's point of order on Monday. The time being 11 p.m., the House stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on Monday.

House adjourned at 11 pan.

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