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Tuesday, 16 May 1972
Page: 2618


Mr LYNCH (Flinders) (Minister for Labour and National Service) (1:10 AM) - The Government certainly would not be prepared to extend that assurance to the honourable gentleman or indeed to the Opposition.


Mr Foster - Is that the reason? No wonder you wanted to gag us.


Mr Webb - It is all coming out now.


Mr LYNCH - If the Opposition wants the information which it has sought it will have to keep quiet, otherwise we will finish the debate here and now. Honourable members opposite can please themselves about it. The question of ballots, of course, is subject to challenge before the court at the present time. Therefore, I do not canvass the issues involved, and the extent to which that question will involve the current legislation obviously will be determined by the nature of the judgment which is handed down by the court. But I can say to the honourable gentleman who raised this matter that if the ballots are found to be defective, then it would be found that the requests for deregistration were nor properly made. It is the Government's intention that those matters should then come within the provisions of the new Act. If that matter is not sufficiently clear-


Mr Foster - How dishonest can you get?


Mr LYNCH - There is nothing dishonest about that whatsoever. I suggest to the honourable member who raised this matter that if he had taken the time in this debate to study the. Bill a little more closely - he has had it for some time - he would be better informed than he is at the present time.







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