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Wednesday, 23 May 1973
Page: 2542

Mr SPEAKER - Order! Does the Minister claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr DALY - Yes. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr Lynch) implied that there were sinister purposes behind my announcement. I say, firstly, that the Government is doing this in order to meet the constitutional position in Western Australia with regard to electoral redistribution. This is something which the previous Government declined to do. In addition, the redistribution will be carried out in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Commonwealth Electoral Act and following the precedent set by our predecessors with regard to commissioners and others concerned. It will not be a gerrymander. It will, of course, be carried out in accordance with terms and conditions laid down and dictated in 1965 by the Country Party, which denied electoral justice to the Australian people. It will not, of course, follow the Victorian pattern where 41 per cent of the people voted for the Liberal Party which got 42 seats, and 41 per cent voted for the Australian Labor Parry which got 17 seats. It will provide electoral justice.

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