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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

Mr REYNOLDS (Barton) (2:58 AM) .It surprised me to learn from the Minister for the Interior (Mr. Freeth) that so large a staff was required to enable the use of a mobile voting booth. I have had experience in the collection of votes at St. George Hospital in Sydney. I do not know how many patients that hospital holds, but it would be one of the biggest hospitals in Sydney. There, a couple of officials accompanied by scrutineers got through the whole of the hospital in one day to enable patients to cast their votes. This is under the New South Wales system of voting. I cannot understand what the complications are in Queensland.

I must say that the secretary of the St. George Hospital and his staff arrange for the filling in of applications for the electoral visitors. They distribute the application forms and the patients fill them in at their leisure. The forms are then gathered up and forwarded to the returning officer who, on an appointed day, comes along and gets the votes. I cannot see why it would take a long time to collect the votes of patients in a ward. I do not know what can account for the vast difference between the experience in Brisbane and my experience of Sydney hospitals.

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