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Friday, 7 October 1927

Senator THOMPSON (Queensland) . - The electoral committee recommended that the time for the return of the postal ballot-paper should be extended to seven days, but the Government has seen fit to make the time four days. I should like to move an amendment to make it seven days.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland - Minister for Defence) [3.15]. - The Government has not adopted the recommendation of the committee in relation to the time in which postal ballot-papers are to be returned. I propose later to move an amendment to clause 9, which will meet the point raised by Senator Thompson.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 5 (Authorized witnesses).

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland - Minister for Defence) [3.16]. - This clause provides for the repeal of section 86, which is re-enacted in another clause, where provision is made for additional authorized witnesses.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 6 (Duty of elector witnessing application).

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland - Minister for . Defence) [3.17]. - This clause is merely consequential upon the passing of paragraph (5) of clause 4.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 7 (Person claiming to vote whose name is noted under section 91).

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland - Minister for Defence) [3.18]. - .The existing law permits an elector to vote under the provisions of section 91 when his name has been erroneously marked, and who makes a declaration that he has not applied for or received a ballot-paper. Cases sometimes oecur where an elector applies for and does not receive a ballot-paper before polling day, owing to his movements or a miscarriage of the ballot-paper in the post office. The clause is intended to permit such persons to vote upon making a declaration. It would be impossible for two votes to be recorded, as the postal and declaration votes would be checked, and any duplication would be discovered by the returning officer conducting the scrutiny.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 8 (Authorized witnesses).

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