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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

The CHAIRMAN - Order! The honorable member's time has expired.

Mr. ANDERSON(Hume) TI 1.46].- I look on this amendment as an abomination. It was designed particularly by the New South Wales Government to work effectively against the non-Labour group. There is a very good reason why postal votes favour the Country Party and the Liberal Party. It is because the voters who support Labour are more likely to be stationary, whereas those who support our side of politics are more likely to be moving about. That is why the postal votes favour us. Furthermore, the postal votes favour us because more of our supporters live in the country and more than 5 miles from a polling booth. There are obvious reasons for it. But this system is designed to affect and has affected two State elections in New South Wales.

One point that has just been raised is that if a person applies for an electoral visitor in a sub-division and moves out of that sub-division he cannot get the electoral visitor. He can only get the electoral visitor in that sub-division. That is designed to disfranchise people-

Mr Reynolds - Why do you assume that such people vote for only one side of politics?

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