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Thursday, 8 November 1973
Page: 1679

Senator CAVANAGH (South AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs) - The early start of the discussion of this matter could be somewhat embarrassing. I know that the Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Murphy, has particular views on this matter and will seek to convince us, during the course of the afternoon, as to what the Senate should do with the message from the House of Representatives. Senator Wright has introduced a Bill which seeks to indicate where the new and permanent parliament house should be sited. I think that his view disagrees somewhat with that of Senator Murphy. I imagine that there will be some debate on this question. Neither of those 2 honourable senators is in the chamber at present. Rather than talk about the Bill introduced by Senator Wright, I want to express my opinion on this matter. I believe that members of both Houses have a free vote on this question. The message from the House of Representatives seeks a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament for the purpose of coming to a decision on where the new and permanent parliament house should be sited.

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