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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 2089

Mr Calwell (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) ! asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   As there is no provision in the Commonwealth Electoral Act which requires political parties or any persons or person, other than candidates, to furnish returns supported by statutory declarations showing the amount spent by the parties or persons or a person in a Federal election campaign, for either or both Houses, will he take action to amend the Act so as to require all political parties and persons concerned to declare on oath how much has been spent by them in a Federal election campaign in the same way as is required by the laws operating in the United Kingdom in respect of Parliamentary elections in that country.

(2)   Has it been brought to his notice that all 5 parties in the election campaign for 1972, i.e. the Liberal Party, the Country Party, the Australian Labor Party, the Australia Party and the Democratic Labor Party, are budgeting through their Federal and State bodies for an expenditure of not less than Sim each.

Mr Hunt (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Interior) - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Commonwealth Electoral Bill presented to Parliament on 31sl March 1971 contains provisions for the repeal of those Sections requiring the submission of returns of electoral expenses.

(2)   Various newspaper reports have appeared relating to the election budgets of the various political parties.

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