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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1192

Senator O'BYRNE asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

Will the Government introduce a Bill to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act, so as to obviate the necessity for candidates at Federal elections making a statutory declaration of moneys expended by them, or on their behalf, which sum, if it exceeds the maximum prescribed in the Act, could result in a perjury charge being laid against them.

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

The Commonwealth Electoral Bill which the Minister for the Interior presented to Parliament on 31st March 1971 contains provisions for the repeal of those Sections requiring the submission of returns of electoral expenses.

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