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Thursday, 20 May 1965

Senator MURPHY (New South Wales) . - Throughout the history of Australia some persons have made a significant contribution to the maintenance and strengthening of our parliamentary democracy. Some honorable senators who are at present serving in this chamber have striven to uphold the Constitution, with considerable success. The Australian Labour Party takes the view that the present form of the Appropriation Bills accords with what is required by the Constitution - that is, that there should be a Bill which provides for the ordinary annual services of the Government and another Bill or Bills which provide for other appropriations.

There has been considerable disputation about the content of these Bills. Some honorable senators who prefer to remain nameless have worked with much assiduity, with great success and with credit to the Senate, towards the realisation of the practical working of the bicameral system and the achievement of democracy in Australia. I should like to congratulate those honorable senators upon their achievements in relation to measures of the kind we are discussing tonight. I am not satisfied that a completely satisfactory result has been achieved. 1 believe that the provision for the Parliament ought to be put on a different basis fromwhat it is now and that certain other matters ought to be provided for in a different manner so that the independence of the Parliament may be maintained. But what has been achieved is a most significant advance. I trust that those who have succeeded thus far will persist with their efforts.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without requests or debate.

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