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Tuesday, 27 October 1964
Page: 1301

Senator WILLESEE (Western Australia) . - There has been some talk about a film to educate people in voting. Prior to the last election, a very good film was produced by the Department of the Interior. This film was taken by electoral officers into various areas. I am not sure of them all but I do know that one team went through the Kimberley area in Western Australia showing the film to Aborigines and part Aborigines to educate them in voting. I watched this film very carefully when it was shown on television. It was very well done. However, one thing that disturbed me was that in showing a facsimile ballot paper the film producers selected three names which suggested colours - Brown, Green and White. It was strange that the name of the Liberal candidate was Browne. It is true that they did not show the full name, Peter Browne, but they might as well have done so. The Liberal candidate Browne was the member for Kalgoorlie in another place and the world knew that the Liberal candidate in that forthcoming election was Browne. Why did the Electoral Branch - I am sure the Minister would have had nothing to do with it - suggest on a facsimile ballot paper that electors should vote 1 Brown and the other candidates 2 and 3? All I ask is that if such a film is to be produced again the producers should be a little more careful in the selection of names for the candidates.

Proposed expenditure noted.

Proposed expenditure - Civil. Defence, £330,000- noted.

Australian Capital Territory.

Proposed expenditure, £27,826,300.

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