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Thursday, 30 August 1973
Page: 696

Mr SPEAKER - Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr DALY - Yes. Today while I was in my office I heard certain members of the Australian Country Party, not all of them, quoting from the proof issue of yesterday's House of Representative's Hansard in reference to certain matters that I said during the Budget debate last night.' This is what I heard quoted from my speech:

From memory, not one member of the Country Party has ever won more than 50 per cent of the primary votes before being elected to this Parliament. Of course they get more than 50 per cent after the distribution of preferences, but not one Country Party member has ever gained a majority on the first count. The honourable member for Moore (Mr Maisey) is a good friend of mine. A couple of years ago he was elected on 27 per cent of the primary vote. I could mention all the members of the Country Party.

That copy of Hansard is the uncorrected copy which was printed late last night. What I said actually was: 'not many members of the Country Party'. I said that on 2 occasions and I did make a mistake in regard to the honourable member for Moore. He did not get 27 per cent of the votes; he got 25 per cent.

It was said today, Mr Speaker, that I had misled the House. For the benefit of honourable members of the Country Party I now quote from the statistical returns showing the voting within each sub-division in the general election for the House of Representatives 1972 which were issued under the authority of myself and Mr Ley, the Chief Electoral Officer for the Commonwealth. These are the figures in this document and they are for each State. In Calare the successful Country Party candidate got 49.24 per cent of the electors enrolled. The figures for other electorates were as follows: Cowper 48.89 per cent; Gwydir 47.27 per cent; Lyne 48.53 per cent; New England 50.10 per cent; Paterson 48.19 per cent; Richmond 54.25 per cent; Darling Downs 32.2 per cent; Fisher 47.46 per cent; Kennedy 52.48 per cent; Maranoa 52.61 per cent; Northern Territory 47.32 per cent; Canning 26 per cent; Moore 25 per cent; Gippsland 50.34 per cent; Indi 48.79 per cent; McMillan 16.4 per cent; Malley 52.94 per cent; Murray 45 per cent; and Wimmera 44.6 per cent. This means that of 20 members of the Country Party, 14, or 70 per cent of them, were elected on less than 50 per cent of the primary votes, and the figures ranged from 16.4 per cent to around 47 per cent or 48 per cent. I leave it to the House to judge who is telling the truth about this important subject.

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