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Wednesday, 13 June 1984
Page: 2974


Senator HARRADINE(10.16) —It is not in the nature of a good try. The Attorney-General would be well aware that there are avenues that I am currently able to pursue which I have deliberately not pursued so that I do not get perquisites which I would otherwise be entitled to. I have not pursued those avenues. I am fully aware of them, but I have not pursued them, because everybody knows the reason for the registration of the name. However, I simply wanted to know, and I think the Committee is entitled to know, if it is voting on this legislation, what is meant by a recognised political party. I think the Senate would be entitled to know whether 'recognised' includes a registered political party, registered pursuant to the Commonwealth Electoral Act. Are those parties all then reliant on the good offices of the Prime Minister? Senator Townley raised that question in the debate on the second reading. He mentioned some of the problems that could arise. I am not saying that they would arise under the current Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) but they could arise under some future Prime Minister in that some duress may be exercised for some benefit on an office holder of a recognised political party. I believe it is fair for the Committee to know what is a recognised political party.