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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3030

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services, who is in charge of the Electoral Act. Is the Minister aware that a candidate of another party for the new Federal seat of Fadden is masquerading by newspaper advertisements as if he has the endorsement of another party as well as his own party. Will the Minister ensure that when the Electoral Act is amended, it is so amended that we extend the principle embodied in the alteration to the Constitution last May in relation to casual Senate vacancies when political parties were recognised for the first time and thus prevent, by law, candidates indulging in delusions of grandeur or just plain false pretences?

Mr STREET - Until the honourable gentleman raised the matter I was not aware of the precise circumstances he has outlined. I shall bring this matter to the attention of the Minister for Administrative Services for urgent action, if such action is possible. I think that the distinguished service of the honourable member for Griffith to this Parliament over many years will enable him to be recognised amongst any crowd of candidates.

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