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Thursday, 8 November 1973
Page: 1696

Senator PROWSE (Western Australia) - The debate has been an interesting exercise, with various points of view and various degrees of emphasis upon the role of the Senate. I appreciated the logic of Senator Cavanagh 's speech and I have been almost persuaded by several other speakers. But I sense that the opinion of the Senate is clear. The Senate, by an overwhelming consensus of opinion, desires that we proceed with the erection of a new parliament house at the earliest possible time and that nothing that we may do here should delay that procedure.

Great and proper concern has been expressed, I think, for the Senate as a part of the Commonwealth parliamentary structure. I agree with Senator Cavanagh that we should not, by inadvertence or eagerness, in any way denigrate the status, significance and role of the Senate. However, I think that the impasse at which we seem to have arrived between these conflicting views can be resolved fairly simply, We are discussing a motion put forward by Senator Murphy regarding an approach made to the Senate from the House of Representatives. If I recall the matter correctly, that approach originated from a private member's motion in the House of Representatives. I move the following amendment to Senator Murphy's motion to meet the situation as it appears, to have developed:

That all words after 'That the Senate' be deleated and the following words be inserted- while not agreeing to the request of the House of Representatives for a joint meeting of the Senate and the House of Representatives, expresses the opinion that planning for the New House should commence immediately and that the site be upon Capital Hill. '

The PRESIDENT -Is the amendment seconded?

Senator Drake-Brockman - I second the amendment.

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