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Tuesday, 29 October 1974
Page: 2026

Senator BAUME (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question which is addressed to the Minister representing the Special Minister of State relates to the terms of reference of the Royal Commission into Human Relationships. I ask: Did the motion passed in another place on 13 September 1973 call for a royal commission to include in its terms of reference that the commissioners should have regard to the United Nations declaration on the rights of the child and the sanctity and preservation of human life? Why do the terms of reference, published on 21 August 1974 by the Special Miniser of State, confine themselves to matters of sexual practice, abortion and so on and why specifically do they not include the concern for the rights of children and for human life set out in the resolution of the Parliament?

Senator WILLESEE -I will refer the question to the Special Minister of State and obtain a reply for the honourable senator.

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