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Wednesday, 14 November 1973
Page: 3352


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member will be heard in silence.


Mr KILLEN - Standing order 193 provides that a division shall not be proceeded with unless more than one member has called for a division. Mr Speaker, the only way in which you can test standing order 263 is for a division to be called for. You cannot proceed on the assumption that because no person calls No' there is an absolute majority. There is no ambiguity in standing order 263 which says that there shall be an absolute majority of the House. How do you know, Sir, that there is an absolute majority unless there is a division? That is the first and the dominating fact to be met. The second one is that no division was called for. One honourable member alone cannot call for a division. There must be more than one voice. This is the difficulty in which you find yourself, but I submit that as the caretaker and the protector of the rights of every honourable member of this Parliament irrespective of which side he sits on, you are bound to heed the requirements of standing orders 263 and 193.


Mr SPEAKER -Is the motion seconded?







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