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Tuesday, 17 November 1964

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) .- I have been paired on the division list with a member of the Australian Labour Party as from 11.30 this morning, and therefore 1 will not be able to vote upon the matter. But I am bound to say that whether or not it is a matter of the administration of State laws or Commonwealth laws, or of considering the Convention on the Constitution or the propriety of filling a vacancy in the Senate, inherently it is a matter which is at the centre of the proper functions of the Senate. A complaint that can be reasonably brought forward from any section of the Senate, whether it stems from State laws or Federal laws, or from the Constitution, is one in. which the Senate is essentially fundamentally interested. Whether the debate will be inconvenient, or whether it will be a long debate, is a matter of mere detail which the procedures of the Senate can govern. I do submit that the question is one upon which it is essentially the unique duty of the Senate to make up its mind.

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