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Tuesday, 21 March 1961


Mr FREETH (Forrest) (Minister for the Interior and Minister for Works) . - by leave - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

Honorable members will recall that towards the end of the last sessional period a bill was introduced to amend the Electoral Act. For all practical purposes, the bill now before the House is the same as the one then introduced. After the proroguing of Parliament the choice was either to restore it to the notice-paper in its then stage - which was the second-reading stage - or to re-introduce it. I thought it better to adopt the latter course because there were a few verbal amendments, although they do not change the substance of the bill to any degree.


Mr Calwell - In other words, the bill is the same as the one which was then introduced?


Mr FREETH - This bill is the same as the bill which was before the House last year and left at the second-reading stage. There are four very minor verbal alterations. In the first place, the date in the citation and page headings has been changed. Then in clause 4 the word " was " has been changed to " has been " as expressing the sense more grammatically. In clause 13 the words "other than a polling booth " have been omitted but the meaning is not changed in any way. In clause 14 the words "square inches" have been omitted from the clause and " 1 , 200 " has been altered to a more correct form, to read " one thousand two hundred ". Those are the minor changes to which I have referred, and I will not weary the House by again explaining the provisions of the bill.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Calwell) adjourned.







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