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QUEENSLAND STATE ELECTION

Senator Ian Macdonald, pursuant to notice, moved--That the Senate notes

that--

(a) in the recent Queensland State election, the Australian Labor

Party (ALP) lost 9 seats to the Coalition and now retains

Government by a one-seat majority;

(b) the future of the Queensland ALP rests on the result of a Court

of Disputed Returns decision in the Townsville-based electorate

of Mundingburra;

(c) on a two-party preferred basis, the ALP vote was 46.72 per cent

compared with the 53.28 per cent vote for the Coalition; and

(d) the ALP campaign for the State election included the now common

tactic of the ALP of lies and deceit, as instanced by the

disgraceful"hospital sold' postcard campaign.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.