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Thursday, 10 November 1983
Page: 2604

Mr BEAZLEY (Special Minister of State)(4.25) —I take the points made by both the honourable member for Boothby (Mr Steele Hall) and the honourable member for Denison (Mr Hodgman). In fact, once in my career as a student politician, in the days when the National Union of Students used to segregate by sex and allocate different floors at its conferences, I had the distinct pleasure of being located on the wrong floor-or the right one, depending on one' s point of view. I can see some force in the points made by the honourable gentlemen. As I understand it, there will be available to the Australian Electoral Office the product of a habitation review, which will determine the correctness of the matters indicated on the roll. The rolls are essentially available to the general public. As I understand it, whilst this is not a matter that any of us would go to the wall over, the Joint Select Committee on Electoral Reform was of the view that, because of the requirements of privacy and because the roll was beginning to be abused for commerical purposes to a degree that was undesirable it would be better to pursue this course. I have noted the force of the arguments but I cannot see my way clear to resile from the current position of the Government.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 16 to 22-by leave-taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 23 (Persons entitled to enrolment and to vote.).