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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 2433

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral and Minister for Customs and Excise) - I thought I dealt with that point. I indicated that this was a Bill to facilitate alterations to the Constitution. This certainly is such a proposal and it does that. If the provision of a majority of the electors in the States were altered to relate to all the States taken together so that one had a majority of the people of Australiawhich would include the Territories along with the States- that would not facilitate the alteration of the Constitution. But if, as well, there is a requirement only for at least half of the States instead of a majority of the States, then that would facilitate alteration to the Constitution. So that is a fair description of what the Bill is about.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be left out (Senator Withers' amendment) be left out.

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