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Tuesday, 27 November 1973

Senator McMANUS (Victoria) (Leader of the Democratic Labor Party) - My remarks will be very brief indeed. I merely wish to indicate on behalf of the Democratic Labor Party that it is a federalist Party. We prefer that title to 'States righters'. We are federalists. We stated our position in regard to this type of legislation earlier this year. We have seen no reason to depart from the stand which we took on that occasion. We were most impressed by the fact that 6 State Premiers, not only conservative Premiers but also Labor Premiers, went to London and fought hard for what they considered were the rights of the States. For that reason we will vote against the second reading of the Bill.

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