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Thursday, 10 November 1983
Page: 2622


Mr YOUNG(6.22) —What the honourable member for Dundas (Mr Ruddock) and the honourable member for Mitchell (Mr Cadman) say is utter nonsense. Subdivisions were not set up to try to restrict the corruption that might be involved in voting. If people want to pervert the voting system they can easily do it now. They do not have to use their own name; they can use other names if they want to when voting in different places in the subdivision. By keeping subdivisions one does not overcome those problems. I do not think polling clerks would look forward to trying to distinguish everybody who lived in the district and who voted at a certain polling booth so that they would know whether these persons had voted once or twice. I do not think that is likely to happen because the Australian Electoral Office does not pay much to those who work on Saturday. There is a fair turnover of staff at each election. Therefore polling clerks are not capable of doing that check. It is a very sensible step to allow people to vote anywhere in their division.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 89 (Interpretation).