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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 2429

Senator WITHERS (Western Australia) (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) by leave—Th e Opposition quite understands the position of the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Murphy). He has moved his motions this afternoon without prejudice to the right of the Government to do whatever it may wish to do. I suggest to him that, if the Government is still keen on reducing the number of States in which a majority of electors is required from four to three, it introduce a separate Bill. We feel that the residents of the Territories should be given a vote. We have indicated that the Bill, as it has been passed, would have our support. Rather than take a rigid attitude, the Government ought to introduce another Bill to give effect to its wishes in respect ofthe balance of section 128, and we can argue about that on a separate Bill.

Bill read a third time

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