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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Senator E B JOHNSTON - By a two to one majority.

Senator FRASER - It is interesting, too, to recall that soon after the referendum the Premier who was responsible for submitting the question of secession to the people lost his seat in the State Parliament which he had held for the Country party for 25 years. If the people of Western Australia displayed the same energy in demanding from the Commonwealth Government the protection and concessions to which they are entitled, and which were- promised to them when federation was established, as they did when they attempted to secede from federation, the progress of that State would have been more advanced than it is at present. It is true that this legislation has been introduced as a wartime measure, but if the State Parliaments remain - I do not believe in the whittling away of their powers - they will probably realize its value. If we are to have unification, let us obtain it in the proper manner.

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