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Tuesday, 3 December 1935

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) - -I ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior whether he has observed statements published in various newspapers to the effect that as the result of representations madeby the United

Country party the Ministry has given preliminary consideration to proposals to effect a change in the system of voting at Senate elections in order to give the people more satisfactory representation in this chamber, and that the Minister for the Interior has been requested by Cabinet to report on the defects of the present system ? If the Minister has observed such reports will he state whether they are correct? If they are not correct in what particulars are they incorrect?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.I do not propose to edit journalistic fiction.

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) - This report was published in several daily newspapers.

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The honorable senator has endeavoured in a direct way to influence me to make a statement on policy. I do not propose to do so.

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