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Wednesday, 14 May 1980
Page: 2252

Senator Mason asked the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 4 March I 980:

Has the Minister asked the Chief Australian Electoral Officer to research the reasons or motivation for voters casting informal votes; if not, would the Minister consider doing so.

Senator Scott -The Minister for Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

No. The Chief Australian Electoral Officer has advised, however, that a survey aimed to try to analyse the causes of informal voting at the 1977 elections was undertaken.

The survey was carried out as pan of the normal research activity of the Australian Electoral Office. It is an internal working document.

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