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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 412

Mr SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Mr DALY - Following the question asked of me by the honourable member for North Sydney, I inquired of Mr Ley, the Chief Electoral Officer, regarding the situation in Parramatta. The Chief Electoral Officer has advised me that the Parramatta Municipal Council gave notice to vacate to all tenants in May 1972 on the grounds that the Council required the premises for its own purposes. New premises were acquired for the Electoral Office at 28 George Street, Parramatta. They have been occupied by the Electoral Officer on and from 2 June 1973. The Town Hall was in fact too small and cramped for Electoral Office purposes. In any event we were seeking alternative accommodation. Parramatta Council gave a deferment to the Electoral Office until I January 1973 on account of the House of Representatives election. This was further deferred until 2 June 1973. It is understood that the ALP has since occupied the premises formerly occupied-

Mr Anthony - Oh!

Mr DALY - It is understood that the Australian Labor Party has since occupied the premises formerly occupied by the Electoral Office but there is no connection between these moves. I ask the Leader of the Australian Country Party whether he will take the word of the Chief Electoral Officer on that matter or does he say in contradiction to Mr Ley that there is a connection?

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