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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 4425


Mr SNEDDEN - Yes. I have been informed that a Labor Party referendum advertisement being broadcast on commercial radio stations in Tasmania misrepresents me as a member of the Liberal Party in government last year and before that. The particular part which contains the misrepresenttaion is being spoken in these words:

Remember the Liberal Party Government only tackled inflation by deliberately creating mass unemployment.

I am informed that there are separate advertisements authorised by the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr Barnard) and the honourable members for Braddon (Mr Davies), Wilmot (Mr Duthie), Franklin (Mr Sherry) and Denison (Mr Coates) in their respective electorates. The allegation is false and while the advertisements continue to be read the mischief of the misrepresentation will be worsened. In addition, it may be that it is illegal as a contravention of section 48, sub-section 1, paragraph B of the Referendum (Constitution Alteration) Act, which prohibits publication or distribution of untrue or incorrect statements intended or likely to mislead any elector in his vote at a referendum.







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