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Thursday, 8 December 1983
Page: 3486


Senator LEWIS(11.40) —I shall endeavour to be brief, but before I turn to this question I must say-I do not want to continue on endlessly-that in regard to Senator Missen's comments it is my belief that a fair reading of today 's Hansard and a proper analysis of the Journals of the Senate will support the contentions that I made. As to this matter, I believe we are involved in a charade. Those of us who have taken great interest in these constitutional referendum proposals were led to believe, by discussions which took place outside this chamber, that the honourable senators who were in the Opposition area-in other words, the Australian Democrat senators-were going to give some fair and proper analysis of the arguments presented and the proposals presented because our proposals had not previously been considered by the Government when it came down with its regulation. It is clear that that is not going to happen and that it is a charade. I suggest that the debate be wound up and that we get on with the vote.