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Friday, 15 December 1905

Mr CONROY (Werriwa) - I am unable to support the amendment. The law already offers sufficient safeguards, and I fail to see why a candidate for parliamentary honours should be protected against defamatory statements to an extent beyond the protection which is given thegeneral body of citizens'.

Amendment agreed to.

Mr. KINGO'MALLEY (Darwin). - I move -

That the following words be inserted : - " 206E. - (1) Any person who -

(a)   having announced himself as a candidate for election to the Parliament, shall, before the poll for the election is closed; or

(i)   having been elected to serve as a member of either House of the Parliament shall during the existence of the Parliament for which he is elected offer or give directly or indirectly to or for any club or other association, other than a charitable institution, any gift, donation or prize, shall be guilty of an offence against this section. Penalty : ?5.

(2)   No person shall be guilty of an offence within the meaning of this section if he honestly believes that the club or association to which the gift donation or prize was offered or given was a charitable institution.

(3)   " Charitable institution " includes a church or other religious body, a hospital, benevolent or other charitable institution, or any society or association having for its object or one of its objects the assistance of relief of sick, destitute, or injured members, or other persons.

(4)   No proceedings shall be taken for a contravention of this section except within three months after the act complained of."

My proposal is designed to cope with the malicious activity constantly displayed by those who indirectly levy masked " blackmail " on the miserably paid Members of this Parliament.

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