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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

Mr DALY - I shall come back to the amendment, Mr. Temporary Chairman. I was rudely interrupted by interjections from members of the Australian Country Party, and I felt that I should make passing reference to the attitude of the members of that party.

I just want to say again - it cannot be stressed too often - that something should be done to enable people in hospital to vote. Something must be done in order to remove the anomalies that I mentioned a few moments, ago - anomalies which are accepted by the honorable member for Moreton and the honorable member for Lilley. This amendment represents a very good approach to the problem, and I think that it would do justice to all. concerned. The Opposition's proposal would be satisfactory to the electoral officers, the persons who would be afforded an opportunity to vote and the electorate generally. The occasion for. making these arrangements arises only once in every three years, and, occasionally when there, is a by-election. All in all, we now have an adequate opportunity to bring up to date the provisions of the principal act relating to voting by inmates of hospitals and similar institutions, and this amendment is designed to do that.

I commend to the committee the sentiments that I have expressed. I hope that the amendment will receive the committee's support. I trust that some honorable members on the Government side will see the light. I have lost all hope for members of the Australian Country Party, but I trust that some other honorable members opposite who believe that an injustice is being done at present will support the amendment.

Question put -

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

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