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Fixed four-year terms in Western Australia.

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Robert McClelland MP Federal Member for Barton Shadow Attorney-General Shadow Minister for Justice and Community Security

29 October 2003

Fixed four-year terms in Western Australia

I welcome legislation introduced today by the Gallop Government to create fixed four-year terms for the Western Australian Parliament.

As Western Australian Attorney-General Jim McGinty noted today, fixed terms will deliver greater certainty to the public and deter the calling of early elections for purely political gain.

Federal Labor has argued that fixed four-year terms must be included in any package of proposed reforms to the Commonwealth Parliament dealing with the powers of the Senate.

The case for such a reform is made in Federal Labor’s discussion paper, Constitutional Reform and the Resolution of Parliamentary Deadlock.

The introduction of fixed four-year terms in Western Australia - following New South Wales and Victoria - makes the Howard Government’s resistance to such a reform increasingly untenable.

Further information:

Robert McClelland 0408 118 995 Jonathan Kirkwood 0414 522 387