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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2822

Senator POYSER (VICTORIA) -Is the Leader of the Government in the Senate aware that the Government of the State of Victoria recently invited certain Victorian senators to a Cabinet meeting to discuss so-called State rights constitutional matters? Is he aware that only 5 senators, all coalition Opposition members, were invited? Does this not conclusively give the lie direct to those who still continue to espouse the hoary myth that the Senate is a States' House?

Senator MURPHY - I understand that the first part of the honourable senator's question is right and I agree with his conclusion. It is quite clear that one can no longer talk sensibly of this House being a States' House if the Victorian Government carries on in this way and seeks to have the problems of Victoria attended to only on a party political basis. That the Victorian Government would consort in this behind-doon manner with only five of the Victorian senators and ignore the rest in relation to a problem which it may or may not sincerely think is of concern to the State of Victoria indicates that it is prepared to ignore the real interests of the people of Victoria in order to indulge in some party political tactic.

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