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Thursday, 19 March 1987
Page: 948

Debate resumed from 18 March, on motion by Senator Haines:

(a) That, where the place of a Senator who is a member of a particular political party becomes vacant before the expiration of the Senator's term of service, in the opinion of the Senate a person chosen to fill the vacant place in accordance with section 15 of the Constitution should be the member of the political party duly nominated by that party to fill that place; and

(b) that the Senate notes that the Victorian Cain Labor Government, following a long line of similar instances, accepted the Liberal Party's nominee to fill the casual vacancy left by the death of Senator Alan Missen, and deplores the threatened actions of Tasmanian Premier Gray in ignoring the spirit of the Constitution in this regard.

Senator Robertson-The Special Minister of State, Senator Tate, has been unavoidably detained. I ask that he be permitted to continue his remarks later in the debate.

Senator Peter Baume-Mr President, is not the better procedure for Senator Tate to come in and seek leave at the appropriate time?

The PRESIDENT —Yes, that is the appropriate procedure. That is the way that we will handle the situation. The next speaker on the list is Senator Durack.