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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1192

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

Can voting facilities be provided for the recording of absentee votes in any polling booth throughout Australia at the next Commonwealth election without the necessity of amending the Commonwealth Electoral Act.

Senator COTTON-The Minister for the Interior has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

It would be necessary to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act before an elector could record an absent vote at any polling booth outside the State for which he is enrolled.

The Commonwealth Electoral Bill which the Minister for the Interior introduced on 31st March 1971 contains provisions which would enable electors to record absent votes at polling booths throughout Australia.

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