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Thursday, 29 March 1973
Page: 930

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Armitage (CHIFLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - ls leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted. (The document read as follows) -


Mr COHEN - I thank the House. The Schedule shows that in New Zealand there is a tolerance of 5 per cent - not 20 per cent, 15 per cent or 10 per cent but 5 per cent. Honourable members - including my good friend, the honourable member for Maranoa (Mr Corbett), if he has the time and the wit to study these figures - will see from this Schedule that there is very little difference between seats. The average quota for an elec torate is 30,424 and I think the greatest variation is a little more than 1,000 either way. Our sister dominion is about the same size as Victoria or New South Wales. Yet honourable members opposite use the same arguments in respect of Victoria and New South Wales for having this malapportionment continued. The logic of our colleagues opposite is quite simple. 1 heard one honourable member refer to Goebbels tonight. Goebbels believed in the big lie and that is what our friends opposite believe in keeping up - the big lie.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Armitage)Order!

Mr COHEN - I cannot see anything wrong with that.

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