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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 2434

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral and Minister for Customs and Excise) - In a sense I suppose that what Senator Withers said is right. The Committee having removed the provisions of the Bill that it has removed, the Bill would not facilitate further alterations to the Constitution. While it would still relate to the extension of a vote to the people of the Territories as well as the States, the Bill would not provide a facilitation for alterations to the Constitution. I suppose in that sense the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Withers) is right in saying that this would be in conformity with what has been done, but because the Government disapproves of the alteration of the Bill in this way we will oppose it on the voices. Since what I have said is on the record I do not think that there will be a need for a division at this stage.

Amendment agreed to.

Title, as amended, agreed to.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Wilkinson)—Th e question now is that the Bill, as amended, be agreed to.

Senator Murphy - May it again be recorded that the Government is opposed to these changes.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with an amendment and an amendment to the title; report adopted.

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