Tom Stephens

Tom Stephens

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    Opposition claim about electoral roll slammed

    17/12/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    Mid-West Minister Tom Stephens has reacted angrily to an Opposition claim that he misled electors over names being struck off the electoral roll.
     
    Mr Stephens said Greenough MLA Kevin Minson's call for him to apologise was laughable in view of the Liberal Party's track record on electoral matters.
     
    "When the Liberals were last in Government they changed the Electoral Act three times, in a deplorable attempt to cement themselves into Government.  Twice they introduced legislation designed to make it more difficult for people to enrol to vote," he said.
     
    "I stand by my comments that the Liberal Party is deliberately going about ensuring that as many people as possible are struck off the roll before the forthcoming State and Federal elections.
     
    "This is entirely consistent with the Liberal Party's actions in seeking to deny rather than encourage people to exercise their democratic right to vote."
     
    Mr Stephens said he had received many complaints from people in his electorate - which comprises much of the regional areas of Western Australia - that they had been incorrectly struck off the roll.
     
    He said Mr Minson and other Liberal MPs should be trying to get people on the electoral roll rather than attempting to deprive them of their right to vote.