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Wednesday, 3 May 1961


Mr KILLEN (Moreton) (2:59 AM) .With very great respect to the argument advanced by the Minister for the Interior (Mr. Freeth) against the amendment proposed by the Opposition, I remain completely unpersuaded. The Minister has claimed that the postal voting procedure in Queensland is complicated. From recollection, the only vital difference between applying for a federal postal vote and applying for a postal vote at State elections is that in the States the applicant must put a stamp on his envelope when he returns his application. No great differences are involved. There may be one or two minor differences concerned with the witnessing of an application. As far as numbers are concerned, we all know of polling places where only 50 or 60 votes are lodged. The argument submitted by the Minister surely will not persuade the committee to reject this amendment. I think that the mobile booth is the essence of good sense. It is most unseemly, unbecoming, uncivilized and improper to have scores of political enthusiasts racing around hospitals, adding to the burden of the staff and distressing the patients. Such action offends my sense of propriety. I intend to support the amendment.







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