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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2080

Senator WITHERS (Western AustraliaLeader of the Opposition) - I indicate firstly that no Liberal Party view will be expressed on this Bill and that there will be completely free vote. I express my personal point of view when I say that I support the Bill. I understand that suggested amendments have been drafted and when I talk about the Bill I mean the Bill as it would appear as amended by Senator Wright. As a result of the debate here last week it is quite clear that the overwhelming majority of senators want the new and permanent parliament house to be built on Capital Hill. I think it was also made clear last week that there is a preference for the decision to be made by legislation rather than by holding a joint meeting of the 2 Houses of Parliament. I think Senator Wright is to be commended for having the initiative to bring this Bill forward. I think that the fact that he has now extended the Bill, as Senator Devitt indicated, to cover the whole parliamentary triangle and to provide that no further buildings will be placed therein without the consent of the Parliament is an excellent idea. I again indicate briefly that I certainly support the second reading of the Bill and agree with its principles as it will be if the amendments to be put by Senator Wright are carried.

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