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Cook either mischievous or ignorant on double dissolution



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THE SENATE

PR 89/495 Canberra October 26, 1989

COOK EITHER MISCHIEVOUS OR IGNORANT ON DOUBLE DISSOLUTION

The Australian Democrats replied today to the accusation by Senator Peter Cook that they were trying to force a double dissolution over proposed cuts in pharmacists' payments.

Senator John Coulter, spokesman for the Australian Democrats on Health, said that Senator Cook was either ignorant of what triggers a double dissolution or was playing politics.

"The trigger for a double dissolution occurs when the Senate rejects the same Bill twice and there is at least three months between. The second rejection must be more than six months before an election is due, in this case, six months

before July 1, 1990.

"The reintroduced Bill in this case is not exactly the same as the one rejected.earlier" said Senator Coulter. "In addition, this slightly changed Bill has been brought back within three months.

"The Government would have to bring the first Bill back before the end of the year and have that rejected for there to be a double dissolution. If they bring the latter Bill back early in the next session they will fall foul of the six month rule.

"If the Government does bring on the first Bill again before the end of the session, it will be they who are responsible for triggering a double dissolution, not the Australian Democrats" concluded Senator Coulter.

Further information: John Coulter 062-773648 Jenny Macleod 062-773645

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