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Tuesday, 16 September 1958
Page: 1235

Mr WARD - I direct a question to the Prime Minister. Will the right honorable gentleman give consideration to a suggestion that, at the forthcoming federal elections, ballot-papers have printed alongside the name of each candidate the name of the political party to which he or she belongs or, where the candidate belongs to no particular party, the fact that in those instances the candidate is standing as an independent? Will the Prime Minister agree that such a system would be in accordance with democratic principles and, if adopted, would eliminate much confusion and ensure that, as near as possible, every vote was recorded for the party of whose policy the elector approved?

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