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Tuesday, 11 December 1973
Page: 2626

Senator LILLICO (TASMANIA) -I ask the Leader of the Government in the Senate: In view of the decisive defeat of the proposals put at last Saturday's referendum, is it still proposed to persevere with the other 4 referendum proposals which obviously would be more repugnant to the Australian people than those on incomes and prices? Does the Minster agree that voters should not be tormented or their attention distracted by the introduction of spurious referendums at either a Senate or House of Representatives election?

Senator MURPHY - Many reasons have been given for abandoning democracy. Sometimes dictators have said that democracy is undesirable for the people and that the dictators know best. All sorts of other reasons have been advanced over a lengthy period throughout the great civilisations and into our own, but I think that it has been left to the honourable senator from Tasmania to advance the reasons that the people will be tormented and their attention distracted if they are allowed to participate in the democratic process. The answer is that the Government will proceed with the referendums.

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