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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 406

Mr GRAHAM (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I address my question to the Minister for Services and Property in his role as Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Electoral Office. Could the Minister confirm or refute that the divisional returning officer for the electorate of Parramatta was ordered to vacate his offices in the Parramatta Town Hall by the Labor-controlled Parramatta City Council within 48 hours of the announcement of the Parramatta by-election and that these offices have now been handed over to the Australian Labor Party for use as campaign rooms?

Mr DALY (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Services and Property) - I would be very surprised if the statement made by the honourable member is one of fact, but I shall investigate it. I remind him that the Commonwealth electoral office at Parramatta during the last Federal election campaign was outdated and outmoded and in every way unsuitable as an electoral office. I understand that, in accordance with the progressive policy of this Government to provide electoral officers with the best of conditions in which to work after their long suffering under the previous government, we have secured new offices. Probably the officers moved into them in order to ensure that the Parramatta by-election is conducted in circumstances and with facilities which are better than those which existed on the last occasion. I shall investigate the allegations mentioned by the honourable member, but I would say that they would be completely inaccurate.

Mr SPEAKER -I warn the honourable member for Griffith, who just made a remark which I heard from here and which no doubt went over the air, that he should be very tolerant of answers given by Ministers and not use such language.

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