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Tuesday, 3 April 1973
Page: 989


Order! Does the Minister claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr BEAZLEY - Yes. I am astonished at the degree of misrepresentation of my speech by the honourable member for Moreton (Mr Killen). In his speech he represented me as defending the electoral distributions of Western Australia.

Mr KILLEN (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) - 1 said you did nothing about them.

Mr BEAZLEY - >l am not talking about that. The honourable member misrepresented me as defending them. What I do about the electoral distributions of Western Australia the honourable member might explain to me later. 1 pointed out that the divisions in Western Australia were totally contrary to the interests of a Labor government and that though the present Opposition received 34.3 per cent of the vote it was defeated by only one seat. I pointed out that a Labor member of the Upper House, Lyla Elliott, had about as many people on the roll for her division as did 8 Country Party seats. It was quite ridiculous to suggest that 1 was defending the distributions in Western Australia when the major part of my speech was devoted to using them as an illustration of electoral injustice - an injustice, of course, which operates in that particular case against the Labor Party and not, as the honourable member for Moreton quite falsely suggested, for it. '

Mr KILLEN(Moreton) - I wish to make a personal explanation.


Order! Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr KILLEN - Yes. The argument I presented was not that the Minister for Education (Mr Beazley) defended the status quo in Western Australia but simply that he had done nothing to attack it.

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