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Thursday, 29 April 1915

Proposed Convention

Debate resumed from 26th November, 1914 (vide page 1090), on motion by Senator Keating -

1.   That, in the opinion of this Senate, it is desirable that, as early as practicable, a Con stitutional Convention should be summoned for the purpose of considering the need, substance, and form of any amendment or amendments of section 51 of the Constitution, and that such Convention shall -

(a)   consist of an equal number (not exceeding five) of representatives of each State, elected on the franchise applicable to the election of senators;

(b)   hold session at such times and places as Parliament determines; and

(c)   submit, within such time as Parliament determines, to the Governor-

General and the Governors of the several States, the draft of any amendment or amendments duly adopted by such Convention.

2.   That any such amendment or amendments so adopted shall be a proposed law or laws for the alteration of the Constitution, and shall be dealt with in accordance with section 128 of the Constitution for passage by Parliament and submission to the electors.

3.   That an enabling Bill to effectuate the foregoing should be introduced to Parliament as early as practicable.

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