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Thursday, 13 October 1927

Senator OGDEN (Tasmania) .- I cannot support the amendment moved by Senator Thomas, because it is a direct negation of what I favour. It would have the effect of perpetuating a system which seeks to embody in our legislation the vicious and undesirable principle of party. The system adopted does not matter so long as the best men are selected to represent the people. I believe in elective ministries ; but that is another matter.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Duncan - Yes, and one which the honorable senator will not be in order in discussing on this amendment.

Senator OGDEN - It embodies block voting. If the Senate were elected on the basis of proportional representation--

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator may not discuss proportional representation on this amendment.

Senator OGDEN - The proposal is to perpetuate the system of voting for parties instead of for individuals. We should allow the electors a free choice in the selection of candidates. I do not think the amendment should receive the support of the committee.

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