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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 1384

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Opposition) - I do not propose to say anything about the delay in making this statement. 1 think enough has been said inside this place and outside. I again raise the question of representation of Western Australia in the House of Representatives. This matter was adverted to when documents were tabled in this Senate which disclosed that Western Australia was entitled to one more representative than presently it has in the House of Representatives. I then asked that an opinion be obtained from the Solicitor-General as to the proper course and entitlement. I think the Senate is entitled to know what is, in the opinion of the legal advisers of the Commonwealth, the constitutional position in relation to the representation of Western Australia and whether, in fact, one more representative should be elected at large from that State or whether some other method needs to be adopted in order that the requirements of the Constitution can be met in relation to this election.

Senator Cotton - I ask for leave to reply briefly as an act of courtesy.

The PRESIDENT - Do you seek leave to make a statement?

Senator Cotton - Yes.

The PRESIDENT - Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

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