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Thursday, 8 November 1973
Page: 1680


Senator WITHERS (Western AustraliaLeader of the Opposition) - by leave- I am in an odd situation. If I were to make a normal speech I would have to wear 2 different hats. I asked for leave just prior to 4.30 in order to speak while wearing my first hat as Leader of the Opposition. I indicate to the Senate that the Opposition, as an Opposition, has no view on the message from the House of Representatives or the Bill which was presented earlier today by Senator Wright. It has been a rule of the Liberal Party that, in regard to matters such as the siting of the new and permanent parliament house, each and every senator may speak and vote as he or she thinks fit. In my role as Leader of the Opposition, I indicate to the Senate that honourable senators on this side of the chamber- as, I understand, is the case in respect of those on the Government side and, in fact, all round the chamber- will be completely free to vote as they think fit. Therefore, when I rise to speak to the message from the House of Representatives I will be speaking as a senator and not as Leader of the Opposition.







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