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Thursday, 10 November 1983
Page: 2623


Mr BEAZLEY (Special Minister of State)(6.26) —I move:

(17) Clause 89, page 110, at the end of proposed section 113D add the following sub-sections:

(7) Where an arrangement is in force under section 113B or 113C, the Divisional Returning Officer shall, before 4 o'clock in the afternoon on-

(a) in the case of an arrangement under section 113B-the day before polling day in the election for which the arrangement was made; or

(b) in the case of an arrangement under section 113C-the day before the day, or before the first day, on which votes are to be taken under that section,

cause to be prominently exhibited at his office a notice setting out-

(c) in a case to which paragraph (a) applies-the hospital to which the arrangement relates and the time or times at which votes are proposed to be taken under section 113B; or

(d) in a case to which paragraph (b) applies-the hospital to which the arrangement relates and the day or days on which, and the time or times at which , votes are proposed to be taken under section 113C.

'(8) As far as is reasonably practicable, votes taken under section 113B or 113C shall be taken on the day or days and at the time or times specified in the relevant notice under sub-section (7), but any failure to take those votes in that manner does not invalidate the result of the election'.

I express some gratitude to the honourable member for Boothby (Mr Steele Hall) because he pointed out to us yesterday in the amendments that he moved a possible source of difficulty associated with the mobile polling booths. The problem was that the form in which the amendment arrived probably amounted to something like a near physical impossibility in that it carried and obligation to every single candidate, and that would be 70-odd people at least in most circumstances. It also raised a second problem. If there happened to be a slip- up down the line or, having announced an intention to appear in a particular area, a mobile polling booth could not get there that might negate the whole election or something like that. We wanted to prevent that from happening. The solution we have come up with is that there is an obligation at divisional headquarters to display at 4 o'clock the day before the poll the places where the mobile polling booth will go so that the organisers of the political parties and the candidates can see where the booth will go. I again express gratitude to the honourable member for Boothby for pointing that out.