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Wednesday, 13 June 1984
Page: 2974


Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(10.21) —I would not want to give Senator Harradine any encouragement that he could haul himself up by his own boot straps and simply, by describing himself as the leader of a political party, become qualified. Hotspur or whoever it was in Shakespeare could call spirits from the vasty deep. But the question in issue was whether they would come. The honourable senator can call himself a leader to his heart's content, but for the purposes of the application of this provision if he were here simply as a solo flyer or an independent, albeit flying under some party banner, that would be a matter for proper construction and application of the legislation as to whether he is entitled to whatever it is that this legislation talks about. But that is a matter for discussion at the time rather than something that can be predicted in advance from the language that is before it.