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Wednesday, 20 May 1970

Mr Calwell asked the Prime Minister, upon notice: (!) ls it anticipated that the Australian population will increase by about one million every three years from now on.

(2)   If so, will the Government consider the introduction of legislation to increase the size of the Senate by an additional two Senators for each Stale and thus provide opportunity for an increase m the size of the House of Representatives by twenty-four Members lo ensure continued adequate democratic representation for Our continuously growing population.

Mr Gorton - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   I refer the right honourable member to Interim Projections of the Population of Australia (1968 to 2001)' published by the Acting Commonwealth Statistician on 8 April 1969. In this publication the Statistician stresses that the forecasting of population movements is highly speculative and has not been attempted in the projections.

(2)   No such proposals are under consideration.

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