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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4641

Mr Cross asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   What sum was spent on checking Commonwealth Electoral enrolments in Queensland in each of the years 1968-69, 1969-70 and 1970-71. and what sum is provided for 1971-72.

(2)   How many Queensland subdivisions are there and how many - of them were completely checked during 1971. .

(3)   Will sufficient funds and. personnel be made available to ensure that 'all subdivisions are checked before the anticipated general election towards the end of 1972; if not, why not. ..

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(l)   The checking of Commonwealth electoral enrolments ยป conducted under two systems:

(i)   Electoral Agency system where information is supplied by electoral agents - this covers the rural areas.

(ii)   Habitation Review system under which Review Officers carry out a house-to-house canvass in metropolitan and other built-up areas.

The expenditure in Queensland under each system during the financial years 1968-69, 1969-70 and 1970-71 was-


The amounts provided in the 1971-72 estimates for Queensland are $1,300 for payments under the electoral agency system and (26,000 for payment under the habitation review system.

(2)   There are 192 subdivisions in the State of Queensland of which 79 are covered by the electoral agents system and 113 are covered by the habitation review system 43 subdivisions were checked by Habitation Review since 1st July 1971 and a further 22 subdivisions are currently being checked.

(3)   The funds provided in financial year 1971- 72 will allow a review of approximately 75 per cent of the subdivisions before 30th June 1972. A continuation of the review in financial year 1972- 73 will allow a complete review prior to the next general election providing it is held towards the end of 1972. It is anticipated that personnel will be available to enable the completion of a full review of the habitations.

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