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Wednesday, 7 April 1971

Senator COTTON - On 23rd February 1971, Senator Milliner askedthe following question, without notice:

Will the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior agree that it could be to the advantage of all concerned if mobile polling booths were provided at private and public hospitals, aged person; homes and similar institutions throughout the Commonwealth for use at federal elections: If the Minister approves of the proposal, will he give favourable consideration to its implementation.

The Minister for the Interior has provided the following answerto the honourable senators question:

The provision of mobile polling booths at hospitals and institutions to enable patients and inmates to record votes at Commonwealth elections has been considered by the Government and I am pleased to be able to inform the honourable senator that the Commonwealth Electoral Bill which I introduced in Parliament on 31 March' 1971 provides for the establishment of such booths at hospitals, convalescent homes and the like.

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