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Friday, 3 December 1965

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Leader of the Opposition) . - Mr. Speaker the motion needs no seconder, but I stale that it has the support of the Opposition. We would like to see the Committee appointed and the terms of reference made broad enough to enable the Committee to conduct its inquiries with comparative speed, so that it may even be possible for a report to be made to this Parliament before it expires at the end of next year, or whenever it expires, perhaps early in 1967. One never knows when the Parliament is to expire. There are quite a number of pundits around who say that this Parliament could last until May of 1967. That would be information for the Prime Minister (Sir Robert Menzies). I think the pundits will be proved wrong, as they generally are. But the Committee, once appointed, will go to its work, I am sure, with great interest. I am equally sure that the members appointed from this House and the other House from both sides will be people who will be greatly interested in providing plans for a new Parliament House whenever the time comes for the erection of one.

Sir Robert Menzies - I agree with the honorable gentleman that we should be able to expect a report by the end of the next calendar year. Why not?

Mr CALWELL - That is right. The Constitutional Review Committee had to sit for three years in order to complete its inquiry. There is no reason why this Committee should have to sit for so long.

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