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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

Mr CHANEY (Perth) (12:41 PM) .This problem could be solved quite easily if the Minister for the Interior (Mr. Freeth) were to instruct the Chief Electoral Officer to direct the electoral officers in every State not to have schools as polling booths. 1 think that, representing a city electorate--

Mr Daly - We can see that you are a city man.

Mr CHANEY - Very well! What is the basis for the proposed amendment? The Opposition has proposed the amendment. We have not. This trouble occurs mainly at schools at which there are four or five entrances. It is difficult for any party to man all those places because there is a main entrance through which most of the people go.

Mr Bryant - You would have to change all the polling places in Australia.

Mr CHANEY - It is ridiculous to say that. You cannot point out any place at which a school has been nominated as a polling booth where there is not, within easy reach, a place with one entrance which would solve this problem. Because of the parsimonious approach to this matter, in most cases, schools and roads board halls are made available for nothing as polling booths. If the Government were prepared to pay a few pounds for a comfortable polling booth, this problem would be solved.

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