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Tuesday, 23 February 1971


Senator WILLESEE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Leader of the Government in the Senate whether in the name of commonsense and austerity the Government has given any consideration to holding future elections for the House of Representatives and the Senate on the one day?

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSONThe question that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition poses is one which we in the Senate have all had occasion to look at with some concern. I cannot give any definitive answer to the honourable senator's question because it is a matter of Government, policy as he would appreciate. In any event, I suspect there are some constitutional matters involved hut I think it is a fair question. We will ha/e to come to it in terms of debate sooner or later. For that reason I would like the question to go on notice to the Minister for the Interior. Then of course we will ' obtain a reply which will open up the . question for further debate.







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