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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2085

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral and Minister for Customs and Excise) - I have a certain sympathy for what was said by Senator Milliner about distances. It may be that Senator Wright's answer is sufficient. At some stage there may need to be some alteration to the red lines on the map in the Schedule to the 'Bill as proposed to be amended'. I conceive that the almost complete circle might have to be extended in order to allow vehicular access under the building or something like that, which would technically be part of the building. Because other changes may need to be made, I would be content to leave that. I am inclined to agree that clause 8 in the Bill as proposed to be amended ' should stand.

I see the merit in what was said about clause 4, but I do not see such a great problem about joint control because both the President and the Speaker are subject to the wishes of their Houses. The Houses can direct them. This problem is met in other parts of the world. In the United States the Houses find that they must live together. Many matters require agreement. It is a good thing that they have to come to an agreement. I would think that we could sort out such matters. If it is necessary to alter clause 6, it is perhaps not necessary to include Parliament House in the parliamentary grounds. At this stage I would not be prepared to argue about clause 4. It may need some slight modification. In general, I would tend to agree with the purport of it. I think that perhaps it needs some modification to deal with the House which will be constructed.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Clause 5.

5.   The powers, privileges and authorities of the Parliament extend to, and apply within, the Parliamentary grounds.

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