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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) .- 1 cannot accept the suggestion of the honorable member for Lilley (Mr. Wight) that the word " may " be substituted for the word " shall ". If the honorable member looks at the amendment he will see that his suggestion is unnecessary. It is proposed that mobile booths shall be provided only in convalescent homes, hospitals or similar institutions which have been declared polling places. Furthermore, an elector who is resident in such a home, hospital or institution will be visited by the mobile polling booth only when he or she cannot visit the polling booth in that home, hospital or institution. That is, if the sick person is mobile, he or she will go to the polling booth in the institution. But if he or she is not mobile, he or she may have the mobile polling booth call. This will not apply in any homes that are not polling places. The returning officer will set up a mobile booth only at a polling place, and it will be used only when a patient wishes to cast his or her vote but is unable to visit the polling place.

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