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Thursday, 6 May 1920

Mr LAZZARINI (Werriwa) .- I have pleasure in seconding the amendment moved by the honorable member for Hume (Mr. Parker Moloney), which, provides, in effect, that at the earliest possible moment there shall be a referendum of the people with a view to altering the Federal Constitution on the lines laid down in the policy of the Labour party. Every honorable member, and the great majority of the people, must appreciate the necessity for a radical alteration of the Federal Constitution. Our experience of it is that it creates drawbacks and stumbling blocks at every turn. At various periods there has been expressed by the people an emphatic desire to have certain legislation passed by the Parliament of the Commonwealth. Some of the legislation so demanded has been actually passed, but has been held to be ultra vires. No sooner has it been carried than it has bumped up against the Constitution, and in this way the wishes of the people have been thwarted. In this way the young nation is kept back.

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