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Thursday, 10 November 1983
Page: 2609

Dr KLUGMAN(4.56) —The only thing that will happen is that one will not be able to call oneself an Independent party. A person can call himself Independent. The amendment arose out of suggestions by the honourable member for Gwydir (Mr Hunt) and Senator Sir John Carrick who felt that one should not be able to call oneself, for example, Independent Liberal, Independent National or Independent Labor. I do not think they were as concerned about Independent Labor . A person can call himself Independent, but he cannot call himself independent and one of the registered party names. I am not sure how Senator Harradine is known in Tasmania. I have a feeling that he is just Independent. Obviously he can put that after his name. He could call himself Independent Tasmanian something or other, but he could not call himself Independent Party. That is the only thing we are stopping.

Mr Ruddock —He could lead an independent duo.

Dr KLUGMAN —One could call oneself an independent duo, but one could not call oneself an Independent party.

Amendments agreed to.