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Wednesday, 30 March 1966

Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Interior) - From what I can remember, the Commonwealth Electoral Act has not been amended in any way whatsoever in this regard. Political posters do not require an authorisation notice; nor is a printer's imprint required. However, this authorisation is required for other matter such as advertisements, posters and dodgers.

Mr Bury - Does not the honorable member for Chisholm have a poster?

Mr ANTHONY - It is more of a poster or, should I say, a hand bill, if my friend wants a more precise definition of it. A poster that is greater than 1,200 square inches is illegal. I think one must appreciate the difficulties of trying to police this law at a meeting such as one in Kooyong because if the matter were brought to the attention of the electoral officer he would be required then to call the police to remove the posters. There is one final comment I should make. Most Australians will appreciate the fact that we have the right in our country to demonstrate in a lawful manner without causing harm or interference to anyone. But I think what a lot of these foolish people who are demonstrating do not realise is that acceptance of the policies that they are advocating, by using such posters, could jeopardise their right of freedom to demonstrate.

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