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Friday, 30 May 1969

Senator TOOHEY (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior. Is it a fact that the eight elected members of the Australian Capital Territory Advisory Council, who recently resigned in a body because of the Cabinet decision to close the Canberra abattoir and for other reasons, cannot legally be replaced until the term for which they were elected expires late in 1970? What provision is to be made to give the people of Canberra a voice and a vote on local questions affecting their interests and welfare in the meantime? Does the Government believe it proper to take decisions on questions of very great local importance when the basic essential of a democratic society, namely, elective representation of the community interest, is virtually nonexistent?

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