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Thursday, 28 September 1972
Page: 1316

Senator MULVIHILL (New South Wales) - I rise to urge the Ministers involved in what I call this fragmentary approach to the Commonwealth Electoral Act to take cognisance in any subsequent development of an answer which I received yesterday in reply to question No. 2350. It vaguely referred to the need to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act to provide absentee voting throughout the Commonwealth. There has been a failure to indicate on the legislative programme when we will be dealing with the Commonwealth Electoral Act amendments. I ask the Ministers involved to take cognisance also of the fact that with the impending United States presidential elections - I read this in 'Time' magazine of a fortnight ago - the United States has apparently put its house in order by extending the franchise. I ask the Minister to take the Senate into his confidence as to when we will be dealing with the Commonwealth Electoral Act because I say very sincerely that a tremendous number of people are asking in this year 1972 why they are not able to vote in any part of the Commonwealth on an absentee basis on polling day. That is the point I am trying to establish.

Senator COTTON - I will see that the points raised are looked into.

Senator MURPHY(New South WalesLeader of the Opposition) - We may have got a little out of order. The motion to take note of the statement has been moved. I now move:

That I he debate be adjourned.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senator COTTON(New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) - I move:

That the adjourned debate be made an order of the day for the next day of sitting.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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