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Friday, 15 November 1935

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) - In view of the many statements made regarding the need for an amendment of the Electoral Act in order to restore something like a balance of power in the Senate, and the need for dealing with other important matters connected with electoral reform, will the Leader of the Senate say whether the Government has under consideration legislation to amend the Electoral Act, and if so, will the Senate have an opportunity to consider it this session? If not, when will such opportunity be provided ?

SenatorSir GEORGE PEARCE. - It will take more than an amendmentofthe Electoral Act to restore the balance of power in the Senate. The honorable senator knows that it is not usual to announce government policy in reply to questions. The first reading of the Appropriation Bill will afford honorable senators an opportunity to discuss electoral reform.

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) - I did not ask the Leader of the Senate to disclose any item of government policy, but merely to give the Senate some information in regard to a report that legislation to amend the Electoral Act is contemplated.

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