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Thursday, 10 November 1983
Page: 2618


Mr STEELE HALL(5.56) —I move:

(10) Clause 78, page 102, line 22, after 'paper' insert 'for House of Representatives elections and green paper for Senate elections'.

This is a very simple amendment to retain the present position in relation to different coloured ballot papers for the House of Representatives and the Senate . I know that the Joint Select Committee on Electoral Reform made the recommendation, which is reasonable enough, that white paper is likely to be different from that of how to vote cards and would be convenient for printing and so on. But from an elector's point of view, I think the difference in the colour of the two ballot papers is a very good point indeed. I think it should be retained. Ballot papers could be mixed up. One might say that that is a pretty unlikely occurrence, but it has occurred. Anything can occur in the complexity of the Australia-wide--


Mr Robert Brown —That is only in the Liberal Party.


Mr STEELE HALL —We have won most ballots over the years; we just do not have the numbers at the moment. As I understand it, the Special Minister of State (Mr Beazley) has agreed to the amendment so I will not talk myself out of it.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 79 to 81-by leave-taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 82.