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Friday, 15 December 1905


Mr FRAZER (Kalgoorlie) - I move-

That the word " ten " be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " seven."

This clause slipped through without an opportunity being afforded us to consider the desirability of the proposal to make the limit ten miles, instead of five, as provided in the principal Act. The amendment of the original Act seems to have been introduced because of fraudulent practices within the metropolitan areas, and, apparently, in the belief that these fraudulent practices would be prevented by extending the limit a few miles. Such a result is not very probable, but if the clause remains as drawn, much inconvenience will be caused in country places which are miles away from any polling booth - inconvenience which will morethan outweigh any advantage to be gained by imposing the larger limit. It is quite easy to conceive the hardship which might be imposed on persons who, on the day of election, are occupied eight or nine miles distant from the polling booth.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Mr. Groom) agreed to -

That after the words "office hours" the words " until the election can no longer be questioned," be inserted.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.







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