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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2086

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral and Minister for Customs and Excise) - I think that that amendment would probably meet the point that I was putting after I had discussed this matter with Senator Wright. Also, there may be an important drafting matter involved as to whether one should also say 'and of each House'. But I would not press that at this stage. For myself, I would like to give some consideration to this because of the enormous importance of these clauses. In my estimation, these clauses are of incalculable importance. I simply indicate that it may have been wiser for us to express what is intended to be arrived at. It may be necessary even to say: 'The powers, privileges and authorities of the Parliament and of each house.' One would think that such a statement would carry with it the Committees of the Parliament, although I think that the constitutional clause refers to committees. The main point that I raised earlier was that Senator Wright's amendment should not have a limitation to the parliamentary grounds.

I suggest that some thought ought to be given to the other matter that I raised because it is within the spirit of what is sought by Senator Wright. Mr Chairman, are we dealing with clause 6 at the same time?

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