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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 1694


Senator WATSON(6.30) —I take this opportunity to ask a question of the Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans) who represents the Special Minister of State (Mr Young), of which I have given the Attorney due notice. I ask whether the Minister can clarify a direction given to candidates in a booklet, Candidates Handbook, at page 25, under the section headed 'Display of posters and slogans', which paraphrased briefly, states:

No one shall write or draw or depict any electoral matter directly on any road, footpath, building, vehicle, vessel, hoarding or any other place, whether it is a public place or not and whether it is on land or water or in the air.

The next paragraph states:

However, the above prohibition does not apply to all signs. Signs are permissible on or at the office or committee room of a candidate or political party, indicating that it is the office or committee room of the candidate or party, and specifying the name of the candidate or party.

I ask whether this effectively means that the traditional billboard advertising promotion election material is no longer permissible under the Act as revised.