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Hospital ‘no place for poll’

Friday, 9th August, 2013

City Council has asked the federal government to take the hospital off the list of local polling sites for next month’s federal election.

Labor councillors have put forward a motion that it not be used out of respect for people visiting sick relatives.

“You don’t want to be haranguing people to accept ‘How to Vote’ flyers,” said Labor councillor Marion Browne.

“It’s just not appropriate to do it. It just doesn’t seem like a good place for a full booth.”

However, Labor recognised that patients and staff might need to vote at the hospital, Clr Browne said.

“That would be like the nursing homes where they go around and patients can vote. We can’t see any bad effects,” she said.

Clr Browne admitted that she had not received any negative responses when she manned the hospital polling booth previously.

“I hadn’t myself but I can certainly see why it would happen.”

The Federal Government has acknowledged Council’s request but it is not yet known if the government will grant it.

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