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Thursday, 27 March 1969

Senator ANDERSON - The answer to the first two parts of the question quite clearly is yes. The point I made, and I repeat it, is that if anybody wishes to protest against the law he is entitled to do so provided he does so within the law. I put it to the Senate: How long would democracy last and how long would our forms of government last if people, individually or collectively, suddenly decided that they did not like the law and were going to break the law? The very keystone of our democratic system is the rule of law. I say yes, certainly there must be people who, in conscience, do not approve of a certain matter, be it conscription, be it religion or be it a thousand other things.

Senator Cant - Or taxation.

Senator ANDERSON - Yes, or taxation, or walking on the right hand side instead of the left. But the law is the law and we all must obey it. We still have the right to protest and object but we must do this within the law.

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