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Tuesday, 29 October 1974
Page: 2101


Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Services and Property, upon notice:

Did the Minister for Services and Property state in a press release on 19 September 1974 that proposed changes in the Senate voting system would not affect the result of one Senate election in 100 years, as compared with the present system; if so, will the Minister for Services and Property arrange to have tabled in the Senate the advice, given to him by the

Chief Australian Electoral Officer, which purports to put the view of the effects of the proposed electoral changes.


Senator Willesee - The Minister for Services and Property has supplied the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Yes, the Minister for Services and Property made the statement referred to by the honourable senator. This statement concerning the electoral effect of the proposed change to optional preferential voting for the Senate was based on verbal advice given to the Minister by the Chief Australian Electoral Officer.

Department of Foreign Affairs: Residential Accommodation in Florence, Italy (Question No. 236)


Senator Jessop asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

Has the Department of Foreign Affairs purchased a villa in Florence, Italy; if so, (a) when was the purchase made; (b) what was the purchase price; and (c) why was the purchase necessary.


Senator Willesee - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

No; the Department of Foreign Affairs has not purchased a villa, or any other residential accommodation in Florence.







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