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Thursday, 29 October 1964

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) .- I seek from the Minister an explanation of the effect of the amendment proposed by clause 9 of section 17 of the Act. I direct particular attention to the expression " his failure to secure the support of a political party from which he reasonably sought support, or his expulsion from a political party ". That seems to me to be an interminable definition of the circumstances in which a member retires voluntarily. I am aware that that language is derived from the original Act,but it seems to me to be odd language to use. It also seems to me to be odd to adopt those circumstances by way of illustration in trying to determine whether or not a person may be deemed to have retired voluntarily.

I can understand that if a man loses endorsement by the party to which he belongs he also loses the chance of successfully standing for Parliament. I think the Minister should agree that it is odd to use the criterion of party membership, party support or party expulsion in determining whether or not a person has retired voluntarily, particularly when we remember that in this place parties are not recognised. Membership of the Parliament alone is recognised. I have risen chiefly for the purpose of obtaining an explanation of the proposed amendment. I have wallowed in the words that have been used, but my brain has failed to retain the sense from beginning to end.

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