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Thursday, 24 August 1972
Page: 383

Senator O'BYRNE - Being the father of the Senate, 1 will now become the first popper. 1 direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior who is Minister in charge of Commonwealth electoral matters. In view of the imminence of the Federal election at which members of the House of Representative and a Senator will spend and have spent on their behalf considerable sums of money exceeding the statutory limit of $500 as prescribed by the Electoral Act, and in view of the necessity to make a statutory declaration which, according to the Electoral Act, is false if the sum spent on behalf of members and candidates exceeds $500, when can the Government be expected to bring in legislation amending the Electoral Act which will remove this embarrassing ambiguity and thus clear candidates from the obvious charge of perjury?

Senator COTTON - lt is well known that 1 have a great interest in fathers and those intending to be fathers; therefore I take the question from the popper opposite extremely seriously. Properly, I ought to direct the question to the responsible Minister; I am sure Senator O'Byrne understands this. I ask the honourable senator to put the question on the notice paper.

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