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Thursday, 10 November 1983
Page: 2609

Mr HODGMAN(4.55) —As a former Independent member of the Tasmanian Parliament, I listened very carefully to the explanation of the Special Minister of State (Mr Beazley). Whilst I think I see what the Government is driving at, I must say that I share the views of the honourable member for Boothby (Mr Steele Hall). I think this amendment will limit the choice candidates have of describing themselves as they would wish to be described to the electors from whom they are seeking votes. On that ground I am with the honourable member for Boothby 100 per cent, and I will vote against the amendment.

The second point I would like the Minister to deal with if he can-he did not advert to it in his remarks; it may be that it comes up in another section and I have missed the point-is that it has been suggested in the corridors of this building that the effect of this amendment will be to convert, for example, Senator Harradine into a party. I am putting that in shorthand because the honourable senator was heard to say that he thought it would mean that he would be required to be a party. The honourable member for Prospect (Dr Klugman) is indicating that that is not so. Would the Minister or the honourable member for Prospect clarify that matter, because if that were the situation it would be an absolute outrage.