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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

Mr COPE (Watson) (2:37 AM) . - I wish to reply briefly to the Minister. I did not mean to imply that what I had in mind would cure the position as a whole, but I did say that abuses within the five-mile limit would be remedied. I know that we would still have abuses outside the five-mile limit, but at least this would be a step in the right direction. It is quite obvious that if honorable members would own up to it, they would admit that many people who are not sick say, " I can't be bothered getting up ", or " I want to go to the races. Fill this in and tell them I am sick ". That is what is going on, and everybody knows it. It should be remedied. Many voters claim to be sick when they are not sick, and honorable members know it.

Question put -

That the new clause proposed to be inserted (Mr. Whitlam's amendment) be so inserted.

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