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Friday, 15 December 1905

Question - That the proposed new clause be read a second time - put. The Committee divided.




Question so resolved in affirmative.

Amendment (by Mr. Dugald Thomson) proposed -

That the proposed new clause be amended by inserting after the word "advertisement," lines 5 and 6, the words " announcing the holding of a meeting."

Mr. FISHER(Wide Bay).- In my opinion, this amendment, if adopted, would bring about a "very serious innovation. It would open the door to an unlimited expenditure by a candidate without any possibility of a check being imposed upon it.

I am convinced that it would be impossible to trace that expenditure with a view to ascertaining whether or not a candidate had exceeded the £100 limit prescribed by law. I would further point out that advertisements by irresponsible persons might be inserted in "such a form as to contain insinuations against candidates. I hope that the proposal will be rejected.

Amendment of the amendment agreed to. Mr. HIGGINS (Northern Melbourne). - I move -

That the proposed new clause "be amended by adding: - "And by striking out the words 'and on the face of the notice the name and address of the person authorizing the notice.' "

As far as I can see, there is absolutely no meaning in the latter portion of paragraph a of section 180. The words which I desire to omit have been inserted by mistake. They are simply a duplication, and are apt to puzzle persons who are endeavouring to conduct an election in a straightforward manner.

Mr. GROOM(Darling Downs- Minister of Home Affairs). - I trust that the honorable and learned member will not press his amendment. He affirms that these words are mere surplusage.

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