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Tuesday, 17 February 1959

Mr MENZIES - I am very grateful to the honorable member for having mentioned that some of my constituents have come here. They are accustomed to being so well represented that, I am sure, they would be unhappy in Canberra. I do not know whether the honorable member really wants to have a full vote for the Australian Capital Territory. It seems it may expose his holding of the seat to some danger; but that is for him to determine.

We do not propose, at this stage, to give a full vote to the Australian Capital Territory. For some time we have been in consultation, through our colleague the Minister for Territories, with a delegation from the Northern Territory about the whole of this problem of representation and in due course he will, no doubt, have something to say about it. But if the honorable member wants to know now whether we propose to give a full vote to the Australian Capital Territory, the answer is, " No ".

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