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Thursday, 23 August 1984
Page: 322

Senator DURACK(10.26) —I think this is a very unsatisfactory state of affairs we now have before the Committee because the Attorney-General has more or less admitted that the problem we now have arises from a recommendation and a drafting provision which he believes to be ambiguous. I do not know why there could not be a draft which makes it perfectly clear that the present convention should be enshrined in the Constitution. The present convention is not necessarily determined by the words 'relative success' as such . The convention is based on what we have done, namely, the fact that we have drawn up this list in accordance with the way in which people have been elected, the order in which they have been elected; that is, the order in which they reach quotas. I do not know why we cannot get drafting in this legislation which does just that. I take it that Senator Harradine agrees with that.

Senator Haines —Why can't we put in a definition of 'relative success'?

Senator DURACK —Yes. We are nearly at the adjournment hour now, I do not see why the draftsman could not come up with something by tomorrow morning to do just that.