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Tuesday, 6 November 1973
Page: 1540

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) - I move:

Omit the clause, substitute the following clause: "71. Section 1 59 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting from sub-section (3) the words 'the next succeeding section' and substituting the words 'sub-section (4)'. ".

The clause deals with applications for inquiries regarding elections which are held under the Act. The amendment deletes certain provisions which were inserted into the legislation in 1972. The present section 159 provides for inquiries to be made in respect of both the so called court controlled ballots and also the non court controlled ballots. The amendment seeks to remove the power for inquiries to be made into court controlled ballots.

Last year when this measure was before the Senate it was felt desirable that some provision should be made for those who have a ground of objection or some cause for complaint in respect of a ballot which is conducted through the Registrar by the Chief Electoral Officer. We fail to see why this particular provision should now be deleted from the Bill. I might say that this amendment is designed to pick up what seems to be a technicality in the misplacing of words in the original Act. But the basic proposition to remove the right and power for a person to raise objection to seek inquiries into court controlled ballots is opposed. The objective is achieved by the amendment we have moved.

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