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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2299


The PRESIDENT - I have listened to you, Senator Murphy, and I can well understand the sentiments that encouraged you to move your motion, but I was recalled to the Senate in order to deal with a motion of dissent from the Chairman's ruling. 1 have given my ruling on this matter, lt is my duty now to return the Senate to the Committee of the Whole. As to the matter you now wish to raise, you could only do so by obtaining permission of the Committee to report progress to enable me to return to the Chair. So the Committee must now resume.


Senator Murphy - I rise to a point of order. I draw your attention, Mr President, to standing order 448. lt refers to cases of urgent necessity, and this must be a matter that the Senate-


Senator Drake-Brockman - I rise to a point of order. I ask under what standing order Senator Murphy is now speaking.


Senator Murphy - I am speaking under standing order 448. On a point of order I am putting to the President-


The PRESIDENT - Order! My ruling is that the proceedings of the Committee of the Whole have only been temporarily suspended to enable me to return to the Chair to deal with a motion of dissent from the Chairman's ruling. I must return the Senate to the Committee, and it may take further action at some subsequent stage.


Senator Murphy - I move:

That the ruling of the President be dissented from.


The PRESIDENT - Senator Murphy, you cannot move that my ruling be dissented from. I will leave the Chair and return the Senate to the Committee of the Whole.


Senator Murphy - Mr President, I have moved: 'That the ruling of the President be dissented from'.


The PRESIDENT - Senator Murphy,you are totally out of order. My duty as President is to be obedient to the desires of the Senate, namely that it be returned to the Committee of the Whole. Any subsequent proceedings you wish to take can be taken by moving that progress be reported so that I may return to the Chair. I will now leave the Chair.







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