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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 412

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Prime Minister) - by leave - I move:

That Dr the Honourable A. J. Forbes, M.C., being a member of the Liberal Party of Australia, be appointed a member of the Australian Parliament's delegation to the Constitutional Convention in place of the Honourable N. H. Bowen, Q.C., the latter member having ceased to be a member of the Parliament.

The purpose of this motion will be well understood by honourable members. As honourable members know, the honourable Nigel Bowen resigned from this Parliament recently in consequence of his appointment to the Court of Appeal of New South Wales. It is therefore necessary to appoint a member of this House to replace him as a delegate of this Parliament at the Australian Constitutional Convention, the first meeting of which will be held next week. To preserve the balance of the delegation as agreed to by this House in May, the member appointed to replace the Honourable Nigel Bowen should be a member of the Liberal Party. The Leader of the Opposition (Mr Snedden) has advised me that his Party desires that Dr Forbes should be appointed to the vacancy.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Motion (by Mr Whitlam) agreed to:

That a message be sent to the Senate acquainting it of the resolution agreed to by the House of Representatives.

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