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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr WENTWORTH (MACKELLAR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I address a question to the Postmaster-General. By way of explanation, may I say that the ballot papers for the wool referendum are returnable in brown envelopes which have on the front the address to which they are to be sent and which on the back are endorsed with the name and address of the voter. I ask the Postmaster-General: Is he aware that on one occasion at least and probably on more, the Post Office, by mistake, has returned the ballot paper to the voter instead of sending it to the addressee? The Post Office has mistaken the back of the envelope for the front. As the ballot is to close in a few days time, will the Postmaster-General make certain that this mistake is not repeated so that he will avoid disfranchising people who are entitled to vote at the referendum and who are correctly carrying out the instructions of the returning officer?

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