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Thursday, 24 February 1977
Page: 496

Mr YOUNG (Port Adelaide) - I believe the Attorney-General (Mr Ellicott) is going to make a statement about the drafting of clause 11, which at the moment stands completely inoperative. If it were drafted to obtain an election at large to wipe out the National Country Party the Attorney-General could do so with the full support of honourable members who sit on this side of the House. Whenever legislation of this nature comes before us one could be forgiven for believing that the 3 groups of seats in this chamber taken up by the Liberal Party really come under the power of the National Country Party in the coalition. Any discussion on this legislation always revolves around whether the coalition can survive. On this occasion the coalition will survive by a number of Liberal Party members sacrificing their seats. We all know that if the general election in 1978 merely returns representation to normal, 20 Liberal members are going to leave this chamber. Obviously that is reinforced by what the Liberal Party has acquiesced inin this legislation tonight.

In addition, the honourable member for Griffith (Mr Donald Cameron) referred to our objection to the provisions about a 7 year period between redistributions which is included in clause 10. He said that the fact that since Federation there have been 7 or 8 years between each redistribution was a good enough reason for including the provisions for a 7 year periodin this clause. Obviously the honourable member for Griffith suffered because when he went to school he was in a very large class and he could not hear the teacher clearly. To follow his theory through to its logical conclusion one has to believe that classrooms today still have to be the same size as when he went to school. He does not look at the effect or the impact of the -

Consideration interrupted.

The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (Mr Giles)Order! It being 10.30 p.m., in accordance with the order of the House of 18 February 1976 I shall report progress.

Progress reported.

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