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Tuesday, 17 February 1959

Mr J R FRASER - I ask the Prime Minister whether he would1 consider reducing the Government's majority by one by amending the Australian Capital Territory Representation Act so as to give full voting rights to the honorable member for the Australian Capital Territory in this House. In considering this matter, would the Prime Minister have regard to the fact that the population of the Territory is now about 43,000 and that the electoral enrolment is approaching 21,000? Would the Prime Minister recognize, also, that the increases in population and enrolment have been brought about largely by the transfer of families from his own State of Victoria and, possibly, from his own electorate of Kooyong and that their representation in this Parliament should not be diminished, either personally, or, in fact, by their transfer to this electorate?

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