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Tuesday, 26 November 1985
Page: 2295

Senator Sir JOHN CARRICK(10.11) —My temporary love affair with Senator Robert Ray has to have a minor aberration at this moment. He suggests that some act of ministerial authority has brought about a situation where politically rolls were cleansed in one area and not in another. That is a gross reflection on the Commonwealth electoral officers and the divisional electoral officers at the time. I just happen to know that it is not true.

Senator Robert Ray —Have a look at the answer to Senator Gietzelt's question in 1981.

Senator Sir JOHN CARRICK —If Senator Ray gives it to me, I will look at it. I simply want to say that it ought not to be a habit in this place to suggest that a Commonwealth electoral officer is corrupt. He can only do this if he is carrying out orders. I for one do not suggest that the Hawke Labor Government is giving political orders to the Australian Electoral Commission. I believe that if money is made available for roll cleansing it will be made available on the basis of a Commonwealth chief electoral officer receiving information from his divisional electoral officers and acting accordingly. I simply rise to correct that. I think in his heart or hearts Senator Robert Ray will smile and agree with me.