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Monday, 5 June 1939

Mr SPEAKER - I have to announce that I have receiveda notification from theChief Electoral Officer for the

Commonwealth in connexion with the writ which I issued on the 3rd Maylast for the election of a member to serve" for the electoral division of Wilmot, in the State of Tasmania, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the Bight Honorable. Joseph Aloysius Lyons, and that, by the notification, it is certified that Lancelot Thomas Spurr has been elected in pursuance of the said writ.

Mr Archie Cameron - On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, may I inquire as to whether you have received a return to the writ which you issued, or onlya notification of the result of theby-election?

Mr SPEAKER - I have received a certificate in the terms that I have mentioned.

Mr Archie Cameron - May I again, on a . point of order, inquire as to whether the admission to 'this House of a member elected at a by-election is lawful on a mere notification by the returning officer, or whether the actual return to the writ is necessary?

Mr SPEAKER - The writ has not actually been returned to me. Because I was informed that Mr. Spurr had been elected, I inquired of the Chief Electoral Officer as to whether or not he could tell me of its whereabouts. The certificate that I have received is the result of that inquiry. Action similar to this has been taken on more than one occasion previously.

Mr. Spurrmade and subscribed the oath of allegiance.

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