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Thursday, 24 February 1977

Mr KING (Wimmera) - I agree with my colleague the honourable member for Hume that that address by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr E. G. Whitlam) will hardly go down as one of his most brilliant contributions in this Parliament. I felt that he was floundering right from the word go. One must of course automatically ask why. If it is analysed I think honourable members will find that the answer is that this legislation literally cuts right across some of the desires and aims of the Leader of the Opposition. He went right back some 18 or 20 years by quoting some case put by members of the then Australian Country Party who were on the Constitutional Review Committee, namely the honourable member for New England and the honourable member for Canning, when he said that they agreed that no electorate should have a population 10 per cent in excess of or 10 per cent below any other electorate. Of course that is exactly what this legislation does, and this is why I could not understand what the Leader of the Opposition was talking about. The honourable member for Burke (Mr Keith Johnson) who is sitting to my right behind me is seeking to interrupt but I do not know whether he knows very much about this either. It is interesting when one looks around this House to find that hardly any members of the Opposition party were present to support their Leader unlike the position on this side of the Parliament because something in the vicinity of 80 per cent to 90 per cent of our members are present to listen to the Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia (Mr Malcolm Fraser) and the Leader of the National Country Party (Mr Anthony).

The Leader of the Opposition made great play a few minutes ago on the subject of migrants creating more work compared with the amount of work done in respect of the normal voting population.

Mr Keith Johnson (BURKE, VICTORIA) - Mr Deputy Speaker,I want to draw attention to the state of the House to get the Liberals in here to listen to the honourable member.

Mr Lusher - There are 3 Labor members in the House. There were three of them listening to the Leader of the Opposition.

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