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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

Mr KING (Wimmera) .- I believe that the time is overdue when an alteration should be made in the method of voting at Senate elections. I cannot agree with the assertion of the honorable member for Batman (Mr. Bird) that adoption of the suggestions that have been advanced by the Opposition would result in fewer informal votes. On the contrary, I believe that the number of informal votes would rise, for the simple reason that where there are a number of groups, invariably the people vote for the more or less minor groups. If any of their candidates were not elected, under this proposal those votes would be informal.

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