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Wednesday, 30 May 1973
Page: 2850

Mr KILLEN (Moreton) - Clause 5 seeks to amend the Representation Act by omitting from paragraph (a) of section 10 the word 'Senators' and substituting the words 'the Senators for the States'. That dramatically lights up the simple fact that the Government envisages 2 types of senators - senators from the States and senators from the Territories. As to the proposition of the Minister for Services and Property (Mr Daly) that this will in no way affect the representation in the House of Representatives, I draw his attention to the language used in section 24 of the Constitution, which states:

The House of Representatives shall be composed of members directly chosen by the people of the Commonwealth, and the number of such members shall be, as nearly as practicable, twice the number of the senators.

There is no suggestion in any part of the Constitution that any government is at liberty to distinguish between senators qua senators and senators of another variety. I suggest to the Minister that what he is attempting to do here again lights up the fact that he is seeking to circumvent the Constitution.

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