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Friday, 10 December 1965

Sir ROBERT MENZIES - I am afraid that the honorable member has unwittingly misquoted me. I did not say that section 51 (xxvi) prevented anything, except one matter. This sub-section enables the Commonwealth Parliament to pass a law in relation to the people of any race for whom it thinks a special law is necessary, but that does not include the Aboriginal race. In other words the essence of the position is that the power to discriminate may be exercised in relation to these other races but not in relation to the Aborigines, which is what I thought a lot of people wanted.

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