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Wednesday, 3 May 1961


Mr THOMPSON (Port Adelaide) (12:39 PM) . - There is only one polling booth in my electorate at which the presiding officer has tried to carry out the regulation about which the Minister for the Interior (Mr. Freeth) has spoken. At every election there was more trouble than enough at that polling booth because that officer came out, measured the distance on each side of the gate and said, " You have to go down there " or " You have to go down there ". If anybody crept closer to the gate, this man would come out and threaten to call the police. If the Minister does not intend to accept the Opposition's request not to proceed with this clause, but intends to carry on with it, I hope that as a result of the instructions that will be issued the presiding officers will not cause irritation or arguments between parties. At some polling booths, one chap hands out howtovote cards for the Communists, one for the Australian Labour Party, one for the Australian Democratic Labour Party, and one for the Liberals. They come to grips because one of them creeps up on his mark.


Mr Freeth - We are not talking about the distance.


Mr THOMPSON - But that will happen at every gate. In the past, the question has been whether the gate was the entrance. In this case, if you defined the entrance as the gate it would not matter. It is where there are three or four entrances that the difficulty arises. I am sorry that the Minister is insisting on this.







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