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Wednesday, 26 April 1972
Page: 1328

Senator O'BYRNE (TASMANIA) - No doubt the Leader of the Government in the Senate is aware of the result of last Saturday's State election for the Tasmanian House of Assembly at which the Australian Labor Party won a handsome majority in every electorate, and also that the Leader of the Liberal Party resigned his leadership.

The PRESIDENT - Order! The honourable senator is giving information. He will ask his question.

Senator O'BYRNE - In view of the statement of Mr Bethune blaming inflation, the incidence of unemployment, the need for price stability and internal party disunity as the causes of the defeat, what measures are proposed by the Federal Government to relieve the people of the State of Tasmania of these Commonwealth created disabilities?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON Yes, I suppose it is fair to say that I read the newspapers and saw the result of the election. Although 1 am not sure that the final result is known as yet, there is no doubt what the end result will be because of the method of voting employed in Tasmania. If I may say so, the time to ask mc a question in relation to that result is after the honeymoon is over. The honeymoon is now on because of the projected result of the election but we will not know the implications of the result until the honeymoon is over. To paraphrase the famous words of Lord Asquith, I think we must wait and see. Then I will be happy to answer the honourable senator's question because I know what the end result will be for the people of Tasmania.

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