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Wednesday, 23 May 1973
Page: 2543


Mr BEAZLEY (Fremantle) (Minister of Education) - Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.


Mr BEAZLEY - As one of the Western Australian members of this Parliament I congratulate the Leader of the House (Mr Daly) on his anouncement that Western Australia will get the tenth seat in this House to which it was entitled at the last election. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition Mr (Lynch) has made a great deal of play about what he feels is the trend in Western Australian voting at present. His consciousness of this, of course, is his knowledge that Western Australia was deprived of the seat that it was entitled to by redistribution before the last election. In 1969 the people of Western Australia voted very heavily for the Labor Party and then they returned a State Labor government. The late McMahon Government failed to carry out its constitutional duty, which it could have carried out, and it deprived Western Australia of the tenth seat to which it was entitled because of the voting pattern in the federal election of 1969 and the State election which followed.







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