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Wednesday, 1 November 1967

Mr BARNES (Mcpherson) (Minister for Territories) - by leave - Talks were held between representatives of the Legislative Council for the Northern Territory and Minister last May. One of the proposals discussed was that the member representing the Northern Territory in the House of Representatives should be granted the same voting rights as other members of this House. Oh 4th May I informed the House that the Ministers present at the discussions bad agreed to recommend that full voting rights should be accorded to the member for the Northern Territory after the next general election for members of this House.

The Government has agreed to this recommendation. Amending legislation for the purpose of implementing the decision will be introduced at an appropriate time. I take the opportunity of congratulating the honourable member for the Northern Territory (Mr Calder) who has fought hard for this right for the people of the Northern Territory.

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