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COMMONWEALTH ELECTORAL LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 1983

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Social Security (Senator Grimes)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Baume moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate, whilst acknowledging that the passage of this Bill will improve the efficiency of the electoral system- (a) deplores those aspects of the legislation which attack individual freedoms, threaten the continuation of the preferential system of voting and introduce public funding; and

(b) requests the Government to withdraw those clauses which require the registration of political parties, the introduction of the list system of voting, the public funding of political parties and the disclosure of political donations''.

Debate continued.

Senator Sibraa addressing the Chair

Pursuant to Sessional Order, Questions without Notice were called on.