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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

Mr TURNBULL (Mallee) (12:59 PM) . - Despite what the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Whitlam) has said, he did not in any way disprove my contention that the Electoral Act could be used to encourage the distribution of population more evenly throughout the land. Despite what he said, I have not claimed that the legislation is now being used in that way. 1 said that the legislation should be used for that purpose. The Electoral Act is one instrument that we can use in endeavouring to get the people away from the metropolitan areas and distributed throughout this country. This is the only method that can be used.

I am strongly opposed to the amendment, of course. I complimented the Minister earlier to-day on his decision to maintain the margin of 20 per cent., and I do so again.

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